Health & Safety
Health and Safety is an integral part of the EACOP Project strategy, and one of our key values. The health and safety of our employees and stakeholders is top priority.
The East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) has taken active steps to ensure that health, safety, security, and environmental concerns are addressed throughout the planning, construction, and operational phases of pipeline operations. The pipeline will be buried – and the route is selected deliberately to avoid risk of earthquakes, volcanoes, flooding or other natural incidents.
Oil spill contingency plan
The East African Crude Oil Pipeline Project will be responsible for the safety of the pipeline, operating under a comprehensive series of regulations from construction to operation and maintenance. The engineering and materials used are such that the pipelines are very safe and will not corrode or leak. Before the pipeline is tested all welds will have been inspected for defects by ultrasonic or radiographic techniques. During operations, the Pipeline Company will carry out an online inspection using an inspection tool. The first inspection will take place early in the life of the pipeline and at scheduled intervals afterwards.
In the unlikely event of an incident there are several valves along the length of the pipeline that can be immediately activated by the central control room stop the flow of a pipeline quickly upon a release. There will also be detailed emergency response plans, whereby resources are immediately deployed in order to reduce the impacts of any release. The Pipeline will be inspected regularly in order to identify and treat symptoms long before they become a problem.
Once the pipeline is buried and commissioned, regular stakeholder sensitization and close surveillance of the right of way will be carried out in order to prevent the third party damage to the pipeline by careless digging and other construction activity. If a pipeline is damaged accidentally or sabotaged, leaks can be quickly detected because of the sudden drop in pressure recorded. When a leak is confined to a specific section, the oil flow is stopped as soon as possible at the pumping stations and automated block valves in order to isolate the section and contain any spill. There will also be detailed emergency response plans, whereby resources are immediately deployed in order to control and reduce the impacts of any release.
The pipeline will be operated 24/24 hours a day and 7/7days a week and will be run under the highest technical and HSSSE standards