By Our Reporter
KAMPALA: The government of Uganda and Tanzania have Tuesday afternoon launched the Lake Albert Resources Development Project in the Capital Kampala.
The Lake Albert Development Project partners announced the final investment decision and the launch of the major project representing a total investment of approximately $10 billion.
The project encompasses the Tilenga and Kingfisher upstream oil projects 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 start producing in 2025 and to reach a cumulative plateau production of 230,000 barrels per day.
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 through the EACOP cross-border pipeline, whose shareholders are TotalEnergies (62%), UNOC (15%), TPDC (15%) and CNOOC (8%).
The project was launched 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), Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC).
Speaking at the official launch of the project, Patrick Pouyanné, chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies said that the development of Lake Albert resources is a major project for Uganda and Tanzania, and their ambition is to make it an exemplary project in terms of shared prosperity and sustainable development.
”We are fully aware of the important social and environmental challenges it represents. We will pay particular attention to use local skills, to develop them through training programs, to boost the local industrial sector in order to maximize the positive local return of this project,” he added.
Pouyanné also said the signing of a framework agreement on renewable energy, they are laying the foundation to implement their multi-energy strategy in Uganda and contribute to people’s access to energy.
All partners are committed to implementing these projects in an exemplary manner, taking into consideration the environmental and biodiversity stakes, as well as the rights of the concerned communities, in accordance with the stringent performance standards of the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
In this context, the land acquisition program is currently underway, incorporating areas of improvement identified by independent third-party reviews performed after the first phase of this program led in 2018-2019.
Furthermore, 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 concerned with 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.
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 well below 20 kg CO2eq/boe, including the extraction of Liquefied Petroleum Gas for use in regional markets as a substitute for burning biomass, and the solarization of the EACOP pipeline.
TotalEnergies and the Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Minerals also Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of renewable energy with the objectives of developing 1 GW of installed capacity, promoting access to electricity and clean energy, supporting national climate change objectives through the deployment of carbon footprint reduction projects.