NAIROBI (HAN) March 22. 2016. Public Diplomacy & Regional Security News. BY: Astrid Zweynert. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is due in Nairobi to hold talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on the construction of the Kenya-Uganda crude oil pipeline.
State House Nairobi said Mr Kenyatta and Mr Museveni will hold bilateral talks on the pipeline, a key factor in the Northern Corridor infrastructure projects.
The talks come amid speculation that Uganda has struck an agreement with Tanzania to construct an oil pipeline to transport expected Uganda oil through the neighbouring country.
The proposed link will cover 1,120 kilometres and its construction is estimated to create 15,000 jobs.
Kenya and Uganda had agreed to construct a joint pipeline to transport crude from the oilfields of Hoima to the Port of Lamu, through Kenya’s oilfields at Lokichar.
Huge oil deposits
Last week, Tullow Oil announced the discovery of huge oil deposits in Kerio Valley, throwing a lifeline to the prospects of a viable Uganda-Kenya oil pipeline.
State House spokesman Manoa Esipisu said Uganda’s oil producers — Irish company Tullow Oil, French company Total and China’s CNOC — have been invited to the Uhuru-Museveni talks at State House.
Tanzania is competing with Kenya for the pipeline that will tap Ugandan oil deposits.
Kenya wants the northern route developed — as part of the Lamu Port, South Sudan, and Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) project — to move oil resources from Lokichar to the new port at Lamu.