EACOP: TotalEnergies, Uganda dismiss EU Parliament Resolution

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French Energy giant and lead investor in the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), Total Energies, and Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development have separately published their critical responses to the now controversial EU Parliament resolution to suspend work on the over 1,400 km pipeline- describing the resolution as ignorant, ill-informed and devoid of democratic principles, the very value the EU Parliament said it was championing.

Patrick Pouyanné, CEO and chairman of TotalEnergies, In his letter to Roberta Metsola, the President of the European Parliament, said “If, as one might expect within the framework of contradictory debate respecting the fundamental principles of the institutions of our democracies, TotalEnergies had been consulted prior to the passing of this resolution, the Company could have informed the Parliament the inaccuracy of many elements which are based on serious and unfounded allegations. Unfortunately, it is now too late for this contradictory debate to take place as the European Parliament adopted this resolution without even hearing the Company.”

“TotalEnergies would like to point out that all partners are committed to putting environmental and biodiversity issues as well as the rights of the communities concerned at the centre of the project, in accordance with the most stringent international standards (IFC),” Pouyanne said.

“This project is a major development for Uganda and Tanzania, and we are doing our utmost to ensure that it is exemplary in terms of transparency, shared prosperity, economic and social progress, sustainable development and protecting the environment and human rights.”

The EACOP Partners have made great progress towards ensuring that first oil comes out of the ground in 2025. Besides, the resolution has been viewed as targeting only African projects as European projects go on unabated.

On her part, Ruth Nankabirwa, Uganda’s minister of Energy & Mineral Development, published a response describing the resolution as “containing several distortions, hearsay, and generalizations” and that “At the very least, it (EU Resolution) is a blatant display of limited knowledge about the realities of Uganda’s oil and gas projects.”

The statement said that the EU Parliament Resolution has not yet been officially relayed to the Government of Uganda (and their response is based on a copy posted on the EU Parliament website) but that once officially received the Government of Uganda will make a comprehended response.

The Ministry’s statement issued on behalf of the Government of Uganda, made a 10-point clarification:

The statement said, “The Ministry would like to thank the President of the Republic of Uganda, for his unwavering support and commitment to the oil and gas projects and the oil companies for implementing the various project components per the existing laws and best international practices. The Ministry also commends the Parliament of Uganda for the constructive debates over time which has enabled the oil and gas projects to reach this far in the country. Lastly, for the varying support and encouragement from the concerned Ugandan citizens from the day the resolutions were published.”

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