TotalEnergies to Invest $6 Billion in Nigeria.


Nigeria contributes 8 to 10 percent of TotalEnergies’ global output and is home to more than 18 percent of its overall investments.

TotalEnergies said it would invest as much as $6 billion in Africa’s biggest oil producer in the years ahead.

The energy firm said it will target deep-water projects and gas production at a time when international oil companies (IOCs) are shifting attention away from onshore to offshore operations in Nigeria.

CEO Patrick Pouyanne told President Bola Tinubu during a meeting in Abuja on Monday that the French company is in support of the current administration’s policies and push to resolve insecurity issues in the industry.

“Everything is here. We just need to conclude with the tweaks and changes necessary to unlock the outstanding potential in both oil and gas,” Mr Pouyanne was quoted as saying in a statement issued by Ajuri Ngelale, special adviser to the president on media & publicity.

Nigeria contributes 8 to 10 percent of TotalEnergies’ global output and is home to more than 18 percent of its overall investments but has been finding it difficult to get the oil major to retain its interest in offshore assets, which have been pretty problematic for IOCs because of their vulnerability to insecurity and vandalism. Mele Kyari, the group managing director of NNPC Limited, told senators in November that over 5000 kilometers of pipeline in the country are not working, with the pipeline from Warri to Benin inactive for the past 22 years.

Last April, TotalEnergies announced plans to offload its 10 percent minority stake in a joint venture holding 20 onshore and shallow water permits in the country.

Norwegian state-owned international energy company Equinor last month sold its interest in Chevron-operated Agbami field, one of Nigeria’s largest deep-water oilfields to local rival Chappal Energies, continuing the exodus or planned exit of IOCs like ExxonMobil and Shell.

TotalEnergies said it has struck a deal with NNPCL to execute methane detection and measurement campaigns, employing its sophisticated drone-based AUSEA technology on oil & gas assets in the country.

“We will review troublesome areas, fiscally and otherwise, to incentivize gas production in the age of transition to cleaner energy. We are ready to make a difference as a government,” the statement quoted Mr Tinubu as saying.

“The good handshake that we have is for partnership and to accelerate and incentivize gas production in pursuit of the energy transition.”

Nigeria is on a drive to ramp up oil output, which hit a multi-decade low of below 1 million barrels last year, hobbled by oil theft, vandalism, and decrepit infrastructures.

Output for November fell slightly to 1.37 million barrels per day, compared to 1.38 million bpd one month prior, both far behind the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ production quota of 1.74 million bpd.

NNPC has said it is looking to produce at the rate of 2 million bpd in 2024.

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