Press "Enter" to skip to content

TotalEnergies Chooses Angola Over Nigeria for $6 Billion Energy Project Due to Policy Concerns

TotalEnergies Chooses Angola Over Nigeria for $6 Billion Energy Project Due to Policy Concerns

Patrick Pouyanne, the CEO of TotalEnergies, clarified why the company opted to invest $6 billion in energy projects in Angola rather than Nigeria.

Speaking at the Africa CEO panel in Kigali, Rwanda, Pouyanne highlighted the inconsistency in policy decisions as the primary reason for redirecting the project from Nigeria to Angola. He said that Angola’s more stable policy framework influenced their decision.

Despite Nigeria’s Niger Delta being the most productive region in West Africa, Pouyanne pointed out that the unpredictable policy environment has made investments there less feasible.

He said;

“Nigeria loves to open topics without closing them. You love to debate. There is always a new legislature in Nigeria about a new petroleum law. When you have such permanent debates, it’s difficult for investors looking for long-term structure to know what direction to go.

“In reality, the Niger Delta is the most prolific part of West Africa. But if you look at what happened, because of these debates, there has not been a single exploration in Nigeria for 12 years.

“It’s important to have a debate and then settle it and put a framework on the table that investors can trust.

“We have countries that have perfectly integrated policies like Angola. So, we go to Angola and announced a very large $6 billion projects in the beginning of the week because there their framework is stable. So we know where we go.”

Pouyanne also listed insecurity and the lack of human capital as the two main issues hindering investment in Nigeria. He added;

“What are the challenges? Security comes first. For a CEO like me, security of my people is of utmost important. Fortunately, we have customs in the Niger Delta to deal with it.

“We also have finding talent has a difficulty. In some countries like Nigeria and Rwanda, we find difficult to find talent. Some of them have difficulty in education. And we can contribute to that. That’s some of the things we do, training people.”

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *