Nigeria attracted just 5% of all oil and gas funds invested in Africa in four years – Total MD

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By Ikenna Omeje
 Nigeria attracted just $3 billion, representing 5% of all oil and gas funds invested in Africa  between 2015 and 2019, due to uncompetitive fiscal terms, increasing cost, unsettled deep water disputes, and near expiry of  deep-water lease, Managing Director of Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, Mike Sangster, has said.

Sangster stated this  at a management session of the virtual conference of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE).

He said: “That is to say that, the $3billion invested in Nigerian projects which took Final Investment Decision (FID) between 2015 and 2019 represents 5% of all oil and gas funds invested in Africa.
“No major investment decision was taken in Deepwater Nigeria between 2015 – 2019, despite a number of available potentially viable projects”

On Total’s investments in the country, he said:“We have made important investments locally in this area and implemented several initiatives that are already impacting the Nigerian energy landscape positively. Some of these include: Over 1.5 million people in Nigeria have been impacted from sale of 400,000 Total solar lamps since 2013 according to Global Lighting Off-grid Association estimates. Worldwide, 10 million people have been impacted.
“Out of our 577 service stations across the country, more than 77 have been solarised as at the end of January 2020. It’s an ongoing program and our target is to ensure that our stations become fully solarised. We have also deployed over 150 residential solar solutions across the country. Our investment in the NLNG from the beginning till now, is partly derived from our commitment to the production of cleaner and better energy.”
He informed that “The Ikike development project is currently in progress with the drilling of development wells commencing in 2021” adding that Nigeria is crucial to the Total Group.
According to him, ‘’Total has invested approximately 10 billion US dollars in the country from 2013 to date. We have also taken steps to drive down our green-house gas emissions; pursuing a zero-flare principle on all our new projects as is evident with EGINA, OML58 upgrade, OFON field and others. “Our faith in the country has also seen us maintain an annual CSR spend of over $40 million (USD). We maintain at least 19 MoUs with our host communities.The MoUs facilitate a seamless delivery of sustainable development to our host communities.
“As we did in 2019, we just rounded off the commissioning of 14 legacy projects across the country and we are going to do more. This is aside from thousands of students’ scholarships and skills acquisition programmes that we maintain annually. The inaugurated projects include mammography centres, maternal and child referral centres, science lab theatres and women development centres, amongst others. We had to take up the challenge of virtually inaugurating the projects which became more relevant in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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