Minister of Energy, Dr Medard Kalemani said in Dar es Salaam last weekend during a ceremony to award and recognised some outstanding employees of the company which turns 50 years this year, that oil discovery will speed up the pace of economic growth and development.
“I congratulate Total Tanzania and the entire workforce as you clock 50 years and would like to assure you that the government will give full support to your business activities including oil exploration which is important for the country,” Dr Kalemani said.
He said preliminary research has shown that there are signs that the country may have crude oil reserves hence prospects that Total and other exploration companies will find crude are real. “Scientific research has shown that wherever there is abundant natural gas, underneath must be crude oil,” he noted saying Total’s exploration work is an important milestone.
Dr Kalemani commended Total’s massive investment in downstream petroleum operations as well as blending of lubricants which have not only created jobs but also contributed significantly to boosting government revenue.
“Your pump stations are among the best outlets for quality and environmentally friendly fuel used by local motorists,” he added while stressing that in addition to the investment in East Africa Crude Petroleum Project (EACPP) is another testimony that Total is a true partners of the government’s industrialization agenda.
In his speech, President of Total Africa Marketing and Services Stanislas Mittelman said as part of Total’s growth, expansion and commitment, the company is fulfilling its promise to participate and contribute to industrialization in Tanzania.
“In response to President Magufuli’s call to investors to focus on industrialization in Tanzania, Total is the leading partner in the East African Crude Oil Pipeline project. Total has also invested over U$v 200 million in the last three years, in particular through its recent acquisition of GAPCO Tanzania Limited,” said Mittelman.
The acquisition led to a triple in the size of its oil marketing and service network reaching 100 petro-stations, the launch of a multi-million dollar blending plant, the introduction of Total innovations and high-tech knowhow to Tanzania lubricants industry which will serve the country and East African region at large, he noted.
“Total is committed to Tanzania and continues to share its global innovations with the local community and this is testified through our fuel storage terminal upgrade to the highest standards of the industry worldwide and the introduction of Total Excellium high-tech premium fuel distributed in the Tanzanian market,” he added.
Total Tanzania Chairman and Managing Director, Tarik Moufaddal said the company is committed in staying in the country hence the continued investment in various areas including Gapco acquisition.
Moufaddal also mentioned the lubricants blending plant opened at Chang’ombe which employs 80 people and will produce multipurpose greases and coolants all of which are used by motor vehicles, heavy duty earth moving machinery, mining equipment, steel and textile making machinery.
“This factory puts Total Tanzania as the only multinational company in the country with lubricant blending plant that will see more than 15,000 metric tons of lubricants, greases and coolants blended local use but also for exporting to neighouring,” Moufaddal added. Total has been operating in the country since 1969.