Total plans to drill 400 oil wells in Uganda with the aim of producing 216,000 barrels per day. A gigantic project that is controversial, especially as the transport of black gold would cost 33 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
While the issue of climate change is increasingly entering the public debate, Total’s oil mega-project in Uganda is controversial. The multi-energy company wants to install some 400 drilling wells that would produce 216,000 barrels of oil per day, all for an investment of more than $ 10 billion.
However, TotalEnergies is not alone in this project: it is a partnership with the China national offshore oil corporation as well as with the national oil companies of Uganda and Tanzania.
It is expected that black gold will be transported via the giant and heated EACOP pipeline over a route of 1,443 kilometers, which would generate an emission of 33 million tonnes of CO2 per year – by way of comparison, the world as a whole emits several tens of billions of tonnes of CO2 per year, and aviation a few hundred million tonnes per year.
These oil reserves were also discovered under Lake Albert, in a protected natural park, home to 500 species of animals, and it is necessary to reckon with the necessary movements of more than 700 households for the completion of the project. Attempts to intimidate and harass two representatives of local communities have been reported.
Faced with the outcry caused by this potential impact on the environment, several banks withdrew from the project, and six NGOs have taken the Total group to court, accusing it of not respecting its duty of vigilance. Four United Nations special rapporteurs also asked the French government to explain itself about this project.