Uganda & Tanzania: Launch of the Lake Albert Resource Development Project

During a ceremony held in Kampala, in the presence of Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, Philip Mpango, Vice-President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies, and representatives of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), the Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC) and the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC), the partners of the Lake Albert Development Project announced the final investment decision and the launch of this major project representing a total investment of approximately 10 billion US dollars. .

The Lake Albert development includes the upstream oil projects of Tilenga and Kingfisher in Uganda and the construction of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) in Uganda and Tanzania. The Tilenga project, operated by TotalEnergies, and the Kingfisher project, operated by CNOOC, are expected to enter production in 2025 and reach a cumulative production plateau of 230,000 bpd. The upstream partners are TotalEnergies (56.67%), CNOOC (28.33%) and UNOC (15%). Production from the oil fields in Uganda will be transported to the port of Tanga in Tanzania via the EACOP cross-border pipeline, whose shareholders are TotalEnergies (62%), UNOC (15%), TPDC (15%) and CNOOC (8%).

All partners are committed to implementing these projects in an exemplary manner, taking into account environmental and biodiversity issues, as well as the rights of the communities concerned, in accordance with the strict performance standards of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). In this context, the land acquisition program is currently underway, integrating the areas for improvement identified by the independent third-party reviews carried out at the end of the first phase of this program carried out in 2018 – 2019.

In addition, TotalEnergies is committed to implementing action plans that will have a net positive impact on biodiversity as part of the implementation of these projects. In close liaison with the authorities and stakeholders involved in nature conservation in Uganda and Tanzania, these action plans will be implemented in collaboration with neighboring communities and under the supervision of an independent institution.

“The development of Lake Albert resources is a major project for Uganda and Tanzania, and our ambition is to make it an exemplary project in terms of shared prosperity and sustainable development. We are fully aware of the social and environmental issues it represents. We will pay particular attention to using local skills, to developing them through training programs, to energizing the local industrial sector in order to maximize the local positive return of this project”, declared Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of TotalEnergies “With the signing today of a renewable energy framework agreement, we are laying the foundations to implement our multi-energy strategy in Uganda and contribute to people’s access to energy.”

This oil development is in line with TotalEnergies’ strategy of only approving new projects if they are low cost and low emissions. In particular, the design of the facilities incorporates several measures to limit greenhouse gas emissions to well below 20 kg CO2e per boe, including the extraction of liquefied petroleum gas for use in regional markets as a substitute for biomass combustion, and the solarization of the EACOP gas pipeline.

TotalEnergies and the Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Minerals also signed today a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of renewable energies with the objectives of developing 1 GW of installed capacity, promoting access to electricity and to clean energy, support national climate change objectives through the deployment of carbon footprint reduction projects.

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