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TotalEnergies to Review Land Buyouts in Contested Africa Projects

This photograph shows a general view of TotalEnergies’ well pad under construction inside Murchison Falls National Park in western Uganda on February 22, 2023.

PARIS — French energy giant TotalEnergies on Thursday said it had launched a review of its land acquisition practices for controversial $10-billion projects in Uganda and Tanzania slammed by environmentalists.

TotalEnergies is pushing ahead with its Tilenga drilling project in Uganda and the 1,443-kilometer (897-mile) East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) to transport it to the coast in Tanzania in the face of opposition from activists and environmentalists.

“This mission will evaluate the land acquisition procedures implemented, the conditions for consultation, compensation and relocation of the populations concerned, and the grievance handling mechanism,” the statement said, adding that it would submit its report by April.

Tilenga targets oil under the rich Murchison Falls nature reserve in western Uganda with a planned 419 wells, triggering fears for the region’s fragile ecosystem among the people who live there and environmentalists.

Drilling began in mid-2023 and production is slated to begin in 2025.

TotalEnergies, which is working with Chinese oil company CNOOC on the project, says that its 6,400-hectare acquisition plan affects “19,140 households and communities owning or using plots of land and includes the relocation of 775 primary residences.”

“To date, 98% of the households concerned have signed compensation agreements, 97% have received their compensation, and 98% of households to be relocated have taken possession of their new homes,” the company added.

Resistance to the project has rallied opponents of fossil fuel development as well as conservationists and those fearing the effect on local populations.

Human Rights Watch called in July for the plans to be halted, saying in a report that it had already “devastated thousands of people’s livelihoods in Uganda.”

The oilfield would “ultimately displace over 100,000 people,” it charged.

Four environmental groups — Darwin Climax Coalitions, Sea Shepherd France, Wild Legal and Stop EACOP-Stop Total in Uganda — filed a criminal complaint in France in September accusing TotalEnergies of “ecocide.”

A first case filed in 2019 was thrown out last year by a Paris court, while TotalEnergies says the Tanzania-based East African Court of Justice has also rejected a complaint.

Other aid groups and 26 individual Ugandans filed a further French civil case in June calling for “reparations.”

TotalEnergies said Thursday it had named Benin’s former Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou to lead its land acquisition assessment, calling him a “recognized expert in African economic development.”

Zinsou has worked with TotalEnergies in the past through his consulting company.

Source: VOA, 4th January 2024



We are Earth Development, a Moroccan Company working on sustainable construction, design, renewable energy and environment. We are the owner of the project of an eco-village (Ecocity) spread over 44 hectares in the province of Haouz (Located 53 km from the city of Marrakech which will house the COP 22 in November 2016 and about 130 km from Green City of Ben Guerir) and designed around four parts respecting the principles of sustainable development: the traditional habitat and the farm, collective housing, medinal houses and a theme park with a hotel complex, a hospital, an institute of training and information, children’s playground, fitness center and thalassotherapy.
Plans are approved and construction permits are acquired.
Earth Development is initiating other projects as bigger as the eco-village on the Atlantic Coast.
Our buildings use local ecomaterial as soil and stone, green spaces are preserved and energy supply is based on renewable energy (solar water heaters, solar PV power plant connected to the grid or off grid, solar pumps, solar street lights, sewage treatment plant ….).
Our group brings together client, architects, engineers and designers working on several ideas aimed to improve the esthetics of solar thermal and PV equipment to better facilitate their integration in the framework of our project.
The project involves the setting up about 10,000 m2 of solar water heaters, more than two MW of photovoltaic including public lighting, one or more purification station …., which shows the size and the importance of this project in terms of energy and environment.
It is in this context that we address you to jointly explore the possibilities and modalities of a partnership in order to accompany us to achieve this integrated project and to develop a market exceeding all competition and providing the foundation for business in the short, medium and long term.
We would also like to present this project to the COP 22 because it is an eligible project for its environmental dimensions.
To know more about our projects, you can visit our web site: www.earthdevmorocco.com
At the same time, we are ready to invite you at our office in Marrakech – Morocco to present our projects in detail and visit the sites as we move to your office to discuss a possible partnership of cooperation.

Waiting for your feedback,
Sincerely yours.

PRESIDENT Earth Development
TEL: +212 (0)6 61 17 45 69

CEO Earth Development
Tel: +212661550001


Microfinancing for hotel in Nigeria

Microfinancing is being sought for the lighting equipment for a new hotel in Benin City, Nigeria. The hotel with two floors with 24 rooms and bar is already built.

Required capital: 15,000.00 EUR
Interest: 20 %
Repayment in 3 instalments of 6,000.00 EUR.

1. Instalment: 01.01.2017
2. Instalment: 01.02.2017
3. Instalment: 01.03.2017

Please contact

Michael Patotschka
Düsseldorfer Straße 74
47051 Duisburg

Phone +49 173 7692688
Email   mpts@gmx.net