The Kingfisher oil field is owned by China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)
The Kingfisher oil field is owned by China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)

Uganda has begun drilling oil at the Chinese-owned oil field Kingfisher, in the western parts of the country. A spokesperson for the Ugandan government says that the country should be able to produce oil on a large scale by 2025.

A total of 1.4 billion barrels of oil are believed to rest under the East African country, which attracted the Chinese oil company CNOOC to invest aggressively.

An important part of the investment is a 1440-mile pipeline that is supposed to go from Uganda to the town of Tanga in Tanzania. The construction is expected to start later this year.

The EU has strongly criticized the project, calling on the whole world to put pressure on both Uganda and Tanzania to protect the environment, and to put an end to the impoverishment of sensitive ecosystems.

Furthermore, the European Parliament has warned that the pipeline can force 100 000 people from their homes.

For Uganda, the project is considered crucial for the country's economic development. Oil can lift millions of inhabitants out of poverty, argued.