A front runner has emerged in the battle to bag half-a-dozen contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars to install Total’s East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) and associated facilities in Uganda and Tanzania.

The 1445-kilometre, heated EACOP line will transport 216,000 barrels per day of oil from Uganda’s Tilenga and Kingfisher oilfields — operated by France’s Total and CNOOC International of China, respectively — to Tanga port on Tanzania’s coast.

Total is handling procurement activities for the $3.5