TotalEnergies is in talks with a Chinese company to supply line pipe for its challenging East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project after its initial plan to award a major contract to a Russian supplier fell through because of sanctions.

In late April, Upstream reported that supply chain chaos and the crisis in Ukraine had hit the EACOP project hard, causing costs to escalate from $3.5 billion to $5 billion and threatening the schedule.

Anti-fossil fuel campaigners, meanwhile, continue calling on banks and insurance companies to stop supporting EACOP, a 1443-kilometre pipeline that will transport up to 216,000 barrels per day of oil from the Tilenga and Kingfisher fields in Uganda to Tanga on Tanzania’s coast.