Review of Adequacy of Environmental Mitigation in the ESIA for the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline

Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Analysis

Paper publication date: 
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for the Uganda portion of the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) was issued in December 2018. The purpose described for the EACOP project in the ESIA is to transport crude oil from the Lake Albert development area in Uganda to the Tanzanian coast, a distance of 1,433 kilometers, for export to international markets.

The purpose of this assessment of the EACOP ESIA is to determine;

1. The extent to which EACOP, as it is currently designed, meets international best practices and whether the project, is likely to have a serious and irreversible impact on the environmental and social health of communities along the pipeline route
2. The extent to which the avoidance and mitigation strategies proposed in the ESIA are adequate to address the environmental and social impacts identified and
3. Additional conditions for strengthening the ESIA to meet international best-practices for the project to minimize environmental risks.