– Ethiopia has denied signing an oil pipeline deal with Kenya
– According to Ethiopia’s Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas, they only committed to assessing the feasibility of the project
-The two countries also claimed it would be expensive to build the facilities through Kenya
The Ethiopia government has denied signing an oil pipeline deal with Kenya saying it only committed to assessing the feasibility of the project.
According to an Ethiopian newspaper, the country’s Ministry of Mines, Petroleum and Natural Gas refuted reports of inking a formal agreement on the construction of the pipeline, despite the announcement of the same by State House in Nairobi last month.
“We did not sign a pipeline construction deal. This is utterly an erroneous report,” the minister, Mr. Tolossa Shagi told The Reporter.
Mr. Shagi, however, said that they are still in talks and might sign the deal if there are any economical rewards.
“We have agreed to take some time to assess the matter. We will hold more talks and may ink a deal if we find the project proposal economically and technically sound. But I can confirm to you that we did not sign a pipeline construction agreement”. Shagi said.
When Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn visited Nairobi last month, they announced they signed the deal which would see the pipeline run from Lamu to Addis Ababa.
Uganda and Rwanda opted out of the deal choosing to use Tanzania in building their standard gauge railway instead.