Total E&P to Apply for Second Oil Production License

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Loic Laurandel, the outgoing General Manager, Total E&P Uganda revealed that they would submit Field Development Plans (FDP’s) for the Jobi-Rii discoveries in the Paraa Discovery Area or Area Exploration 1.

Total E&P Uganda has finalized plans to apply for a second production license for additional oil discoveries in Murchison Falls National Park.The submission is expected within this month.

Loic Laurandel, the outgoing General Manager, Total E&P Uganda revealed that they would submit Field Development Plans (FDP’s) for the Jobi-Rii discoveries in the Paraa Discovery Area or Area Exploration 1. A Field Development Plan details how a company will drill the oil, how they will get it out of the ground, including the pipelines and how much it will be taking out of the ground per day.

If approved, an oil company is then given a production license to start the process of oil extraction.

Total is the main operator of Exploration Area 1, where there are about six discoveries. It submitted the first license for a production license on 13th December 2013 for the Ngiri discoveries, one of the six discoveries in Area Exploration 1. Government has since written back to them requesting for some additional information about their plans.

This particular discovery area that Total has applied a production license for is also located in one of the most sensitive areas considering that it is part of the Murchison Falls National Park. For government to issue a production license to Total, the oil company will have satisfied a clear balance of oil production and least effect on the animals in the national park.  Laurandel is confident that Total can provide this balance.

He noted that the planned requests are the largest fields in area and hoped that once submitted they will be approved by government.

//Cue in: In the meantime…
Cue out: …in a timely manner//

Laurandel will be leaving Total E&P Uganda at the end of this month for Total E&P, Bolivia, South America.

Four years ago Laurandel, a Frenchman was given the task to set-up Total Exploration and Production (TOTAL E&P) Uganda offices in preparation for acquisition of stake in the oil blocks in western Uganda.
In 2012, he successfully negotiated with Tullow and CNOOC for an equal partnership in the oil fields. Total took on the most sensitive section of the license, the oil fields located in the Murchison Falls National Park.

//Cue in: We signed…
Cue out: …set for the next phase//

One of his achievements at Total E&P Uganda was to finally convince the Uganda government on reducing the need for both an export pipeline and a refinery. After long and protracted negotiations, since 2012, the three oil companies, signed an MOU with government, agreeing that both a pipeline and refinery were necessary.

As the company moves to the next phase of possible oil production, a new General Manager Francois Rafin will take charge. Laurandel noted that it was company policy, from the Total head quarters in Paris that managers are moved around at least every four years.  He also noted that the timeline of 2018 for first oil was still very much on track.

 

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