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Japanese firm to lay a 2,000 km pipeline to export South Sudan and Uganda’s oil

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September 16, 2013 (KAMPALA) - A Japanese firm is set to lay down 2,000 kilometres of pipeline for oil exports from South Sudan and Uganda via Kenya.

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Tokyo Head Office of Toyota Tsusho.

Kyodo, a Japanese news agency reported last week that Hiroshi Suzuki, president of Toyota Tsusho East Africa Ltd, has said his company "possibly" within this year will create a joint company across Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan to construct and maintain the oil pipeline.

Last year the presidents of Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia met in Mombasa to launch construction of a port and a pipeline at a total cost of US$16 billion. Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, did not attend the meeting.

The project of Toyota Tsusho aims to connect the South Sudan-Kenya pipeline with another from western Uganda.

Once completed, the pipeline will enable South Sudan to transport its oil through the Kenyan port of Lamu instead of the Port Sudan on the Red Sea, which is in Sudan’s north east.

South Sudan and Sudan have had an up and down relationship over the latter’s use of the former’s pipeline to export oil. In June Sudan threatened to halt South Sudan oil flow through its territory, after accusing Juba of supporting rebel groups but Khartoum did not implement the threat.

With a pipeline that bypasses Khartoum, South Sudan would have a sense of stability without fear of threats to oil flow which is the lifeline of its economy.

Uganda, like South Sudan, is landlocked but will be able use the pipeline to export her oil through Kenya.

Uganda has around 3.5 million barrels of oil near Lake Albert, which is on Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Uganda is expected to begin exporting oil in 2017.

Hiroshi Suzuki, president of Toyota Tsusho East Africa Ltd said the company needs US$5 billion to invest in the project.

(ST)

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  • 17 September 2013 06:55, by Naath

    That will be good idea even though poor managemen is habits of SPLM party,because when there is projects that can help growth the nation is building and other important things the corruption will become problem,if these projects go head you will hear really bad things happening,because this project can cause us 16 billion dollars and how much money hopeless kiir and his teammates stolen in passes,

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    • 17 September 2013 07:30, by THEY PEOPLE’S POWER

      Please get a new job dummy, Nuer are not considered as strategist planer, they are known food lover and savages just like Dinka dominance always said here. Why won’t you think like human every days in your comments?
      Do us a favour and quited the site like or you will be suspended like Gatwich and money more Nuer idiot who always talk trash against the country, kill yourself kir is going to stay.

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      • 17 September 2013 07:53, by dude

        You should be called the "people trash and Negativity". You always say negative things about Naath Nuer. Please brother, it is time to show love and support to eachothers. Naath are innocent because they do not start problems. They always and will be the reactors.

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      • 17 September 2013 11:24, by Naath

        Brother Dude Dude.Dinka are naturally born to be lie,this is their culture,they are people who like to complain alot even though you do the right thing they still making false Accusation.president kiir from day one he become head of nation is not dinka any more,every citizen in this country have a right to criticise him.But hopelesTHEY PEOPLE’S POWER,don’t have clue at all he have very thick brain

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      • 17 September 2013 12:10, by Naath

        These website called Sudan Tribune was own by the country who give everyone a right to say something and it’s run by professionalising people not useless people like,they know that which article is not good and which one is right and also they have analysis,not like South sudanese media that control by dictator Government who doesn’t know the meaning of media.if you don’t like me because icriticis

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