The construction of a 760-km long crude oil pipeline connecting the Ogaden area in Ethiopia to the port of Djibouti is to be commenced, Ethiopia's Ministry of Mines and Petroleum announced.
Kuang Tutlan (Ph.D.), Ethiopia's State Minister of Mines and Petroleum, said his office is waiting for the Council of Ministers’ to approve the deal formerly signed between Ethiopia and Djibouti to begin the construction. Once the approval is obtained, the construction of the pipeline will begin, he told FBC.
The State Minister noted 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.
Currently, there is also one million barrels of crude oil reserves.
Ethiopia started producing crude oil on a test basis a year ago in the Ogaden area in eastern Ethiopia, and there are a million barrels produced from the reserves yet.