Attorney General Adelardus Kilangi has signed the Host Government Agreement (HGA) for the Tanzanian government, while Nicolas Terraz has written for oil giant Total. The signing was made following three weeks of intensive negotiations between high-level government technocrats led by the GA and representatives of Total. The East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) has signed a host government (HGA) agreement with Tanzania, as plans for the development of Ugandan oil near the finish line. Hassan Abassi, a spokesman for the Tanzanian government, said on Twitter that 80 percent of the pipeline would pass through Tanzania. Earlier this month, the Tanzanian government and EACOP discussed Arusha`s plans. The two parties “will continue to work together to successfully implement the EACOP project.” Terraz, head of Total`s Africa department, said the negotiations were transparent and the oil giant would ensure that the terms of the agreement were implemented to the letter. “We have taken important steps that pave the way for the final decision to invest in the coming months,” said Pierre Jessua, Managing Director of Total E-P Uganda. “We look forward to reaching a similar agreement with the Tanzanian government and closing the tendering process for all major engineering, procurement and construction markets.” The two heads of state and government agreed that “each State party begins negotiations on all outstanding agreements with immediate effect.” The pipeline construction agreement comes days after French oil group Total said it had reached an agreement with Uganda to protect its rights and obligations during the construction and operation of the pipeline, known as the host government`s agreement. In September, Tanzanian President John Magufuli met with his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni.

At that meeting, they both agreed to move the HGA forward. These follow the Intergovernmental Agreement of May 2017. In principle, the two governments agreed to accelerate the harmonization of outstanding issues in the spirit of the East African Community (EAC) and to accelerate other agreements, including the Tanzanian HGA, in order to accelerate the implementation of the EACOP project. Arusha. Tanzania and oil company Total signed an agreement yesterday that will pave the way for the construction of a crude oil pipeline from Uganda to the Tanga port. In March 2016, Tanzania and Uganda agreed to transport a crude oil pipeline from the Albertsee Basin in western Uganda to foreign markets through the port of Tanga. In May 2017, the two neighbouring countries signed a letter agreement, followed by the laying of the foundation stone in the port of Tanga by Presidents John Pombe Magufuli and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in August of the same year. States parties are required to implement the host government agreements between each state party and the EACOP project to implement the intergovernmental agreement on the EACOP system signed between Uganda and Tanzania on 25 May 2017. The government team included the Governor of the Central Bank, Professor Florens Lugoa, several permanent secretaries, the director general of Parastatal and the companies. NAIROBI (Reuters) – Tanzania and Uganda signed an agreement on Sunday paving the way for the construction of a crude oil pipeline from Ugandan oil fields to the Tanzanian port of Tanga, a Tanzanian government spokesman said. Uganda discovered oil reserves in 2006 and needs the 1,445 km East African pipeline project to begin commercial production.

The pipeline is estimated at $3.5 billion, according to both governments.