Tanzania and Uganda launched the tendering of the Tanga-homia oil pipeline to select contractors that will be responsible for delivering the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPcm) services for the project., Tanzania Daily News reported.

The Total East Africa Midstream B.V (TEAM) yesterday encouraged interested companies to secure the job through a competitive tendering process to provide the services for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline Project (EACOP). The move signals the start of implementation of the project after the two countries inked the contract, All Africa informed.

The tendering statement said that the services will include advanced safety culture and environmental awareness, provision of engineering, construction and management facilities to perform the services, procurement expertise for specified material and equipment, among others.

In late May, Tanzania and Uganda signed an agreement for the establishment of the $3.55b Tanga-Hoima 1,443km oil pipeline to transport crude oil from Hoima in Uganda to Tanga Port. The countries were represented by Tanzanian Minister for Constitution and Legal Affairs, Prof Palamagamba Kabudi, and Ugandan Minister for Energy, Irene Muloni.