Oil Pipeline Through Serengeti? Officials Say No

Authorities in Tanzania released a statement saying that an oil pipeline will avoid “passing through areas with high population, hills and conservation precincts, including game and forest reserves as well as National Parks.” This is welcome news indeed, and affirms a renewed commitment to conservation by the new government.

See our previous post on the pipeline. Read announcement below:

Tanga-Kampala pipeline ‘won’t traverse through Serengeti Park’

28 MARCH 2016.

The nearly 1,500 kilometres long proposed pipeline linking the
country’s Tanga port to Uganda’s Lake Albert Basin, will not traverse through Serengeti National Park as some online groups have been trying to insinuate. An official release from the office of the Executive Director of the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) has stated clearly that the pipeline, whose diameter is set to measure 24 inches wide, will avoid passing through areas with high population, hills and conservation precincts, including game and forest reserves as well as National Parks.

During his recent visit to Arusha, the Minister for Energy and
Minerals, Prof. Sospeter Muhongo, explained that the pipeline project will be completed by 2020 as scheduled after kicking off next August. Recently, some activists pumped in messages through online, aimed at stopping the proposed Uganda-Tanzania oil pipeline after some designs showed it could traverse through the highly endangered Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti Watch, are the same activists who earlier opposed the
planned Arusha-Musoma via Serengeti Highway.