Another Big Oil Firm Ditches Nigeria to Invest in Congo Amid Tinubu’s Inconsistent Policies

Another Big Oil Firm Ditches Nigeria to Invest in Congo Amid Tinubu’s Inconsistent Policies

  • TotalEnergies, a French oil firm, announced it is investing $600 million in Congo to improve oil production in the country
  • This marks the second consecutive time the company is ignoring Nigeria to invest in other African countries
  • Earlier, the company chose to invest $6 billion in Angola over Nigeria due to policy inconsistencies journalist Zainab Iwayemi has over three years of experience covering the Economy, Technology, and Capital Market.

French oil firm, TotalEnergies plans to invest $600 million in 2024 to boost exploration and production efforts in the Republic of Congo, snubbing Nigeria's oil and gas industry for the second time consecutively.

Another Big Oil Firm Ditch Nigeria
Total Energies declared that it would be investing $600 million in oil production and exploration in Congo. Photo Credit: Total Energies, FG
Source: UGC

The CEO of TotalEnergies, Patrick Pouyanne, announced last week in Kenya that the business decided to invest $6 billion in Angola rather than Nigeria because of the latter's inconsistent policies and other problems.

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In a recent development, the business declared that it would invest $600 million in oil production and exploration in Congo—again ignoring Nigeria, the continent's biggest oil producer.

The investment is expected to fund exploration and sustain production in the nation's deep offshore Moho Nord field, per a BusinessDay report.

The statement read:

“The $600 million investment signals a strong intent by the IOC to develop and monetise Congolese hydrocarbons for the benefit of the country and will unlock a wave of economic opportunities for the broader region,”
“Two drilling rigs arrived at the permit this month, with TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanné expressing his optimism that the field will yield a discovery before the end of the year.”

The announcement states that the investment will support exploration and uphold production in the deep offshore Moho Nord field of the nation. This field produces about 140,000 barrels per day (bpd), or almost half of all oil produced in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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NJ Ayuk, the executive chairman of the AEC stated:

Congo’s oil and gas can play a much greater role in alleviating energy poverty and driving industrialisation in Africa, and partnerships with companies to the likes of TotalEnergies will be instrumental in achieving these objectives.

More gain for Congo

In addition to TotalEnergies's investment plan, the Republic of Congo is expected to gain from a new strategic alliance with Algeria in the energy and hydrocarbons sectors.

Prior to this, on May 21, the Ministers of Mines and Energy of Algeria, Mohamed Arkab, and Hydrocarbons, Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, of the Republic of Congo, signed a memorandum of agreement to facilitate the creation of a new bilateral relations roadmap.

Additionally, the arrangement will facilitate the sharing of experience in the downstream oil sector between Algeria's state-owned Sonatrach and the Raoul Ominga-led SNPC.

Additionally, the two nations have conveyed their hope and support for the creation of an African Energy Bank, which will concentrate funding on gas and oil projects throughout the continent.

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Microsoft to Build $1bn Data Centre in Another country earlier reported that Microsoft, founded by billionaire businessman Bill Gates, and G42 are working together to build a $1 billion geothermal-powered data centre in Kenya.

G42 is a leading artificial intelligence company based in the United Arab Emirates.

This development comes after Microsoft shut down its Africa development centre in Nigeria, rendering about 200 people jobless.


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