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Amid building world’s biggest oil pipeline, Uganda announces energy transition plan

As activists across COP28 on Tuesday raised the pitch on Africa’s development of oil-and-gas resources, the landlocked East African nation of Uganda, which is developing what will be the world’s longest heated crude oil pipeline, announced its Energy Transition Plan, even as it reiterated that pumping oil was integral to its energy future. At a forum on Sunday, just a few meters away from the protesters’ chants of “don’t come to Africa,” aimed at dispelling the mega-corporations who are coming into the energy-rich nations of the continent to pump out oil, Ugandan ministers laid out decarbonization plans across the board. However, they said they believed the oil-and-gas sector could still coexist with its plans for renewable energy, and together could address the domestic and regional energy needs for its growing population, create tens of thousands of jobs and fund a switch to a mixed energy future, with more reliance on renewables. The multi-billion-dollar East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) – a collaboration between TotalEnergies EP Uganda (TotalEnergies), China National Offshore Oil Corporation Uganda Limited (CNOOC) and the Uganda National Oil Company (Unoc) – is the keystone of further developing Uganda’s booming oil-andgas sector that is scheduled to pump its first crude oil in 2025. But the pipeline, which has the potential to pump 240,000 barrels of oil a day, has drawn global criticism at a time when the world is shifting to a non-oil-reliant, decarbonized realm and a concerted call to action to phase out fossil fuels. Despite this, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry for Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda, Irene Bateebe, said the country had ambitious plans to decarbonize and, by 2065, become Net Zero while, at the same time, making sure none of its people “are left behind.” The forum heard how Uganda has set an ambitious Energy Transition Plan, endorsed and co-designed by the International Energy Agency, to develop its substantial energy and mineral resources, promote economic development, end energy poverty, and lead the country to a “just energy transition.” alarabiya

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.