TotalEnergies: Uganda’s mega oil project under scrutiny

By Maureen Sogne, Buliisa correspondent
Posted on Thursday, 28 July 2022 19:23

Murchison Falls or Kabarega Falls, on the Nile River in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda, between Lake Kyoga and Lake Albert. ©Guenterguni/Getty Images

Crossing a natural park and a primary forest, and forcing the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Ugandans, the TotalEnergies project has raised the hackles of international NGOs but represents a huge development opportunity for the country.

In the Hoima district, near the TotalEnergies oil site, a concrete road now runs alongside the path of red sand upon which clothing and doughnut vendors are lined up one after the other, taking shelter from the sun under their umbrellas. Behind them are colourful shop fronts bearing the logos of Airtel or MTN, the telecom operators active in the country. In the same area, billboards advertising the arrival of a new hotel or a variety of new construction sites are legion.