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China brushes off environment fears over East Africa pipeline

Activists worry few will benefit as local livelihoods are put at risk

Members of the Uganda National Students Association hold up signs reading "European Union Leave Our Oil" as they participate in a rally on Sept. 29, 2022 in Kampala, Uganda.    © Reuters

KAMPALA, Uganda -- Two Chinese state-owned companies have started building onshore facilities for an oil field in western Uganda, despite environmental concerns and financing issues with the project.

The joint venture between Offshore Oil Engineering Co. and China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corp. is part of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline Project, which will transport oil pumped in Uganda to the port of Tanga in Tanzania for export.

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