Angola-Zambia Oil Pipeline

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Angola-Zambia Oil Pipeline, also known as AZOP, is a proposed refined oil products pipeline that would run from the proposed Lobito refinery in Lobito, Angola to Lusaka, Zambia.


The pipeline would apparently follow the route of the Lobito Corridor, from the Lobito oil refinery in Lobito, Benguela province, Angola, to Lusaka, Lusaka province, Zambia.

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The pipeline was first proposed in 2012, and in 2018 a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to build it was signed by the governments of Angola and Zambia.[1] In October 2019 Laurence Chalungumana, Zambia's ambassador to Angola, announced that US$5 billion in financing had been secured and that construction was set to begin. The source of the US$5 billion in financing was not made clear.[2][3]

The pipeline had initially been expected to begin operating in 2022[4], but was reportedly still in the feasibility study phase in 2022.[5]

Pipeline details

  • Operator: Sonangol, Baseli Balisel Resources
  • Owner:
  • Parent company:
  • Proposed capacity: 1,000,000 bpd[2]
  • Length: 1400 km[2]
  • Status: Proposed[5]
  • Start year:

Articles and resources


  1. Angola-Zambia oil pipeline proposed, The Economist, Nov. 7, 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Construction to begin on Angola-Zambia oil pipeline project, Projects Today, Oct. 31, 2019
  3. Angola e Zâmbia negoceiam construção de oleoduto, Jornal de Angola, 11 Oct. 2019.
  4. Angola, Zambia seek to enhance co-operation, The Southern Times, Jan. 24, 2020
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Angola/Zambia Oil Pipeline Awaits for Construction". Retrieved 2023-02-11.

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