The EACOP Quarter Three Supplier Forum, held on September 8th, 2023, at the Sheraton Hotel Kampala, was a pivotal event for stakeholders in the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project. With representatives from various key entities, including the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU), the Joint Venture partner UNOC, the Uganda Chamber of Mines & Petroleum, CEO of the Association of Oil & Gas Suppliers, invited business partners, EACOP staff, and esteemed attendees, the forum served as a platform to foster collaboration and disseminate essential project-related opportunities.
The EACOP project, established to develop, build, and operate a pipeline system, is set to transport crude oil from the inlet flange at Kabaale, Uganda, to the port of Tanga in Tanzania. The venture represents a significant milestone in the region’s energy sector, promising economic growth, job creation, and technological advancements.
In accordance with National Content Regulation 34 and the Host Government Agreement (HGA), EACOP and its contractors are mandated to conduct quarterly supplier forums. These forums serve as a means to communicate opportunities related to the supply of goods and services, employment and training prospects, technology transfer, and capacity-building programs.
CPP, the main contractor responsible for the construction of Above Ground Installations (AGIs) and the pipeline itself, has demonstrated its dedication to national content objectives. While they have successfully finalized their contract for AGIs, the pipeline construction contract is yet to be inked.
CPP’s National Content Plans shared with EACOP, outline their commitment to spend approximately 30% of their contract value on procuring goods and services from Ugandan companies. This will be achieved through subcontracting of works within their scope and leveraging available local services.
All contractors involved in the EACOP project, including CPP, adhere to stringent and transparent procurement procedures. These processes are closely monitored by EACOP and regulated by the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU), ensuring fairness, accountability, and compliance with industry standards.
During the event, EACOPs Deputy Managing Director JB Habumugisha noted that as Ugandans, it is imperative that we prepare to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the EACOP project. The commitment of contractors like CPP to local content development underscores the potential for growth and collaboration within the sector.
CPP, in their presentation, highlighted that they are poised to initiate early civil works leading to the construction of the Above Ground Installations. This represents a crucial step forward in the realization of the EACOP project’s objectives.
Use the link to watch the entire forum: https://bit.ly/EACOP_Development_Forum