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Total CEO: We need to tame 'Lake Albert crocodiles' in Uganda

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Patrick Pouyanne
Africa   CEO Patrick Pouyanne

Total's chief executive said that the firm's Ugandan Lake Albert oil project will be a personal priority this year after setbacks led to a delay on a final investment decision (FID) in 2018.

Patrick Pouyanne said during an earnings call that he remained optimistic about the project after several meetings with Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni and aimed to ready it for clearance.

The project, which was expected to have been cleared last year, has been delayed due to disagreements over field development strategy, tax disputes and a lack of infrastructure such as a refinery or export pipeline.

"There are many crocodiles in Lake Albert, we need to domesticate the crocodiles before we move forward," Pouyanne quipped during the call, alluding to various difficulties in getting the project off the ground. "It is a difficult project because it is landlocked. It is a new country to oil, we have to create everything," he said.

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