The Chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies, Patrick Pouyanné, has appointed Lionel Zinsou, a prominent specialist in African economic development, to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the land acquisition program undertaken in Uganda and Tanzania. This program is part of the Tilenga and EACOP projects, which involve the establishment of the East African Crude Oil Pipeline.
Evaluating Implementation and Societal Impact
Zinsou's mission is to evaluate the land acquisition procedures that have been implemented, as well as the consultation process, compensation methods, and relocation efforts for the affected communities. Additionally, he will analyze the grievance handling mechanism put in place by TotalEnergies EP Uganda and EACOP. The goal is to identify any areas that require improvement and propose additional measures to enhance the well-being of those impacted by the land acquisitions.
Report Submission and Partner Collaboration
The findings of this evaluation are expected to be presented in a report by April 2024. The report will be shared with the project partners involved in the Tilenga and EACOP initiatives.
Scale of the Land Acquisition Program
The land acquisition program covers approximately 6,400 hectares and is being carried out on behalf of the governments of Uganda and Tanzania. It directly affects 19,140 households and communities who own or utilize plots of land. Furthermore, 775 primary residences are slated for relocation. Encouragingly, the majority of households have already signed compensation agreements (98%) and received their compensation (97%). Moreover, 98% of households scheduled for relocation have successfully transitioned to their new homes.
The Tilenga Project in Uganda
The Tilenga upstream development project in Uganda is a collaborative effort between TotalEnergies (56.67% and operator), CNOOC (28.33%), and UNOC (15%). The project aims to enhance oil production in Uganda. To facilitate the transportation of the oil fields' production, a cross-border pipeline has been developed by the EACOP Company. This pipeline will transport the oil to the port of Tanga in Tanzania. The shareholders of the EACOP Company include TotalEnergies (62%), UNOC (15%), TPDC (15%), and CNOOC (8%).
About Lionel Zinsou
Lionel Zinsou is a renowned figure in Africa's economic development sphere. He is an alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) and the London School of Economics. With his academic background, Lionel Zinsou has shared his knowledge as a professor at the University of Paris XIII, ENS, and ENSAE. In 2015-2016, he served as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Benin. In addition to his political contributions, Lionel Zinsou is the founder and Managing Partner of SouthBridge, a consulting company focused on Africa. TotalEnergies has previously collaborated with SouthBridge on various economic development initiatives.
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