EACOP (East African Crude Oil Pipeline) has successfully delivered 339 houses as part of its housing replacement initiative in Songakibaoni Village, Muheza, Tanga Region. Wendy Brown, the EACOP General Manager for Tanzania, highlighted the significance of this housing program in supporting households affected by land acquisition, emphasizing the collaboration with local contractors to empower communities and ensure high-quality construction.
The initiative spans eight regions—Kagera, Geita, Shinyanga, Tabora, Singida, Dodoma, Manyara, and Tanga—covering 21 districts and 102 villages. Of the 339 houses, 43 were allocated to those affected by early land acquisition for main camps and pipe yards in the previous year. The remaining 296 houses were designated for households impacted by the pipeline route land acquisition, spanning 1143 kilometers.
This marks the conclusion of the lengthy land acquisition process for the crude oil pipeline section in Tanzania. Among the 9,904 project-affected individuals, 344 were physically displaced, with 293 opting for replacement houses and ancillary structures as their preferred form of compensation. The housing package includes a 5000-liter water tank and a 400-watt solar array, showcasing EACOP’s holistic approach to community support.