Supply chain chaos and the crisis in Ukraine have dealt major blows to TotalEnergies’ East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project, causing costs to escalate significantly and threatening the schedule.

Anti-fossil fuel campaigners have also cranked up protests against EACOP, calling on banks and insurance companies to rule out support for a project they say will contribute to global warming, endanger ecosystems and harm communities on its route.

The 1443-kilometre EACOP line aims to transport up to 216,000 barrels of oil from the Tilenga and Kingfisher fields in Uganda to Tanga port in Tanzania.