Ethiopia announced plans to begin the construction of the 760-km crude oil pipeline that extends from the Ogaden area of Ethiopia to Djibouti this year.

The government of Ethiopia has announced new plans to construct a 760km long crude oil pipeline which links the landlocked country with the neighbouring Djibouti.

According to the country’s state minister of mines and petroleum Dr. Kuang Tutla, who spoke to the media this week, the country wants to start the construction of the pipeline this year.

He said his office is waiting for the Council of Ministers’ approval of the deal signed between Ethiopia and Djibouti to begin the construction.

The minister stated that 3,900 barrels have been supplied to markets so far from the gas field developed by the Chinese Poly-GCL Petroleum Investment Limited in the Ogaden region, Somali regional state.

He said the construction of the pipeline will be commenced once the deal is approved by the Council.

Last year, Ethiopia and Djibouti signed an agreement for the installation of 765 kilometers of gas pipelines between the two countries.

When completed in 2020, the pipeline will enable Ethiopia to sell its gas resource from Calub and Hilala fields in the Ogaden area of the Somali Region via Djibouti Port. Calub and Hilala fields have deposits of 4.7 trillion cubic feet of gas and 13.6 million barrels of associated liquids, both discovered in the 1970s but not yet exploited.


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