Crude oil export pipeline in East Africa

ILF Consulting Engineers was commissioned by the Toyota Tsusho Cooperation to prepare a feasibility study and the preliminary design for a crude oil pipeline. The project comprises a pipeline system covering 1,500 km and pipeline diameters of 24” and 30”, and it shall connect the oil fields near Hoima, Uganda and Lokichar, Kenya with the port of export in Lamu. The pipeline shall transport waxy crude oil with an unusually high wax appearance temperature of 60 °C. That is why full-system heating over the entire pipe length is required. Special challenges are the complex crossings of the Nile River and the Rift Valley.