UTCOP to generate 45,000 jobs to Tanzanian youth

26Dec 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
UTCOP to generate 45,000 jobs to Tanzanian youth

ABOUT 45,000 youth from Tanga Region are set to get jobs as construction of the Uganda–Tanzania Crude Oil Pipeline (UTCOP) is expected to begin in the near future.

Muheza District Commissioner, Mwanaisha Tumbo

The pipeline which is estimated to cost US $ 3.55 billion (8trn/-) will transport Uganda's crude oil from Kabaale, in the western Hoima District to Chongoleani peninsula at the Tanga port in Tanzania.

Muheza District Commissioner, Mwanaisha Tumbo made the revelation when speaking to journalists yesterday. She also highlighted a number of viable economic potentials which are likely to be grabbed by Tanzanians when construction begins.

“This is a big project; it will provide jobs to 45,000 youth from every district in Tanga Region,” said the DC noting out of the 45,000 jobs, 15,000 people will get permanent employment and 30,000 others as casual labourers.

According to her, construction of the 1,445km will provide opportunities to food vendors and the hotel industry as many people are likely to camp in the region.

Muheza Member of Parliament, Adadi Rajabu challenged youth to grab wisely the emerging opportunities. He urged them to apply for any of the jobs that will be announced during construction period.

Muheza District Executive Director, Luiza Mlelwa said that government leaders in the district are willing and ready to collaborate with the contractor to ensure successful implementation of the project.

The foundation stone for construction of the crude oil pipeline was laid by President John Magufuli of Tanzania and his Ugandan counterpart, Yoweri Museveni in May, this year.

According to the project report, the 24-inch diameter pipeline will move 216,000 barrels of oil per day at a cost of about Sh1300 ($12.2) per barrel.

The pipeline will be pre-heated and covers 1.2 meters underground. There will be temporal facilities such as coating plants and pipe storage yards, access roads, burrow pits, hydro-test dams, a marine terminal and a jetty.

The pipeline is expected to be completed by 2020.