Commitment to the Protection of the Environment and People
For the EACOP project we will ensure that potential effects on the health, safety, and security of communities, workers and the environment, are addressed and managed throughout the planning, construction, and operational phases of the project. We are committed to comply with national laws and international best practices, including International Finance Corporation (IFC) Performance Standards (PS).
We have selected the proposed pipeline route over a number of years after comprehensive feasibility studies directed at avoiding environmentally and socially sensitive areas such as protected areas and areas of high population density.
Our Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and ongoing Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) will ensure that temporary and permanent facilities are carefully located. The pipeline and facilities will be constructed and operated to reduce potential adverse environmental and social impacts and maximize benefits.
At the EACOP Project, we are diligently working to develop a complete understanding of the diverse environment and social elements along the proposed pipeline route. We have various teams of environmental and social experts collecting baseline data that will be used to inform the ESIA, design and construction of the pipeline.
The ESIA is an impact identification and management tool that highlights:
- Potential project environmental and social impacts and benefits
- Mitigation measures to reduce adverse environmental and social impacts and enhance positive effects
- Management and monitoring requirements for the implementation of mitigation measures
As part of the ESIA, the project conducted a human rights impact assessment (HRIA) to identify potential effects on human rights associated with project activities. As a result of this study, we will understand what mitigation is required to minimize potential impacts through all project phases.
The ESIA is being completed by both national and international consultants. The studies will result in the development of robust environmental and social management plans that will guide the design, construction and operations of the EACOP project.
As part of our commitment to Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Resources we are developing a biodiversity charter which will establish the principles to which we will work. Accordingly, we carry out all EACOP project activities while:
- AVOIDING unnecessary impact to ecosystems, biodiversity and local communities
- MINIMIZING any unavoidable impact to ecosystems, biodiversity and local communities
- RESTORING and rehabilitating impacted areas
- OFFSETTING significant residual impacts
Environmental & Social Impact Assessment
ESIA: Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the EACOP
ESIA stands for Environmental & Social Impact Assessment. It is the process that defines and evaluates the potential social and environmental impacts of a given project and their mitigation measures.
The ESIA studies for the EACOP were conducted around the crude oil export pipeline route (from Kabaale – Hoima in Uganda to Chongoleani peninsula, north to Tanga port in Tanzania) and the storage terminal (in Chongoleani). The studies were conducted in accordance with the international guidelines, as well as laws of both the Ugandan and Tanzanian Governments.
An ESIA should be done when the proposed project is still being formulated. It should take place before the project is implemented
Scoping Consultation Meeting (April-May-2017
- The teams are currently holding meetings with the various government agencies, local communities and other stakeholders to share information about the project and the ESIA studies
- You can ask questions and make comments during these meetings
- All your comments will be written down and taken into account.
- The teams will come to your villages to seek some information from you on the different social aspects of your livelihoods (agriculture, fishing , business, health, education, cultural heritage etc)
- They will also conduct studies about biodiversity (plants,animals)soil, air quality ,noise traffic,tourism
Feedback Consultation Meeting :
- A series of meetings will be held with local communities government bodies and NGOs once the specialist studies and impact assessment have been completed to discuss the results with you
- Here again you will be able to ask questions and give comments which will be considered for the ESIA report ,
- The reports will be submitted to the government of Uganda and Tanzania for their approval. Only after their approval can the project go ahead .All the proposed management measures in the reports will have to be executed.
The Studies will be conducted by specialists from the UK (RSK)and partners in Uganda (ECO&PARTNERS)and in Tanzania (JSB&COWI)