Total Invests $10bn In Oil, Gas Dev

  • Thu, 02 Aug 2012 23:09:34 -0600 - Nigerian Tide
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Total Upstream Company in Nigerian, has invested about $10billion in various oil and gas projects in Nigeria in the past five years.

The oil multinational is also planning to add about 350,000 barrels per day capacity to the nation’s oil production within the next three years, through its Usan and Akpo oil fields.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Total Upstream Company of Nigeria, Guy Maurice while examining the company’s operation in Nigeria in its focus Nigeria, said Total has a bright future in Nigeria and would continue to invest in the country.

“There is a future. After 50 years, there is probably another 50 years to celebrate”, he said, adding that the company had completed the full re-organisation in order to be ready for the next phases which include the development of new projects like Egina, completion of development of new project such as OML58 upgrade and OFM phase II.

Commenting on the impact of Total’s investment in Nigeria, he said, “in the last five years, Total has invested about $10billion and we have plans to continue to do so in the years ahead. Of course, this has a huge impact in two ways, first, we are bringing new production.

:What I mean is that with Akpo and Usan, within three years, we would have added 35,000 barrels a day capacity to Nigeria’s oil production. This is an addition of 15 per cent to the country’s production which is very important”.

‘By this production, we  are contributing significantly to the development of Nigeria’s national capacity and this is not too difficult to see because when you add $10billion to the economy, it has a lot of impact in terms of national employment, development of capacity and capacity building in general. I think this is real value added to Nigerian economy,” he stressed.

The Total boss said the company has faced several challenges operating in Nigeria, which it is well posited to overcome, noting “ it will not be correct to say there are no challenges. Nigeria is a vibrant and challenging environment. We know that there are challenges in terms of security and all our employees know that we are from time to time facing cases of abduction”.

For example, he added, ‘we have to ensure maximum security for staff and it is a real challenge. The  second is the transition that has been the consequence of the Nigerian Content Act. We have to be active in the development of the national capacity. Before it was voluntary now law guides it’.

‘We now have to adapt our capacity, our professionalism and manage our projects in order to comply with the law. So, there are lots of challenges, but as I have said, it is this capacity to manage challenges that makes the big difference between us and our competitors”, Maurice declared.

Shedie Okpara

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