Bolloré Logistics has been appointed to provide main logistics contractor (MLC) services for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project.

TotalEnergies’ EACOP project comprises a 1,443 km buried pipeline that will transport Uganda’s crude oil from Kabaale to the Chongoleani peninsula on the Tanzanian coast. The project will be the world’s longest electrically heated pipeline which will be thermally insulated throughout the entire route. Above-ground pumping stations and pressure reduction stations will control the safe flow of oil within the pipeline.

The MLC contract was awarded to an association of Bolloré Logistics entities in Europe, Uganda and Tanzania. Bolloré will coordinate logistics operations from global origins to the main project discharge port in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Thereafter, materials will be transported to worksites in Tanzania and Uganda. EALS, a joint venture entity registered in Tanzania, is included in the contractor association to ensure meaningful local content opportunities, said Bolloré.

The contract scope includes end-to-end receiving, storage, handling and transportation of hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of cargo, including over 80,000 joints of 18 m line-pipe, multiple heavy-lift operations, and significant breakbulk and containerised cargo transportation. The international delivery cycle will utilise a series of charter vessels, as well as existing global shipping.

The steel pipe will be imported into Tanzania and transported to a coating plant in Nzega district, where it will receive a thermal insulation coating. The MLC includes the provision of bespoke 18 m trailers to deliver the line pipe to multiple locations within the two countries.

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