PM dares Total Tanzania to go rural as it clocks 50 years

14May 2019
Francis Kajubi
The Guardian
PM dares Total Tanzania to go rural as it clocks 50 years

ENERGY multinational companies such as Total Tanzania Limited should consider exploiting the rural market where the majority of small scale producers of commodities live in darkness with power access.

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa displaying a scrap metal made giraffe replica after being presented to him by President of Total Africa Marketing and Service, Stanislas Mittelman (R) during a gala dinner hosted to mark 50 years of Total Tanzania Limited operations in the country held in Dar es Salaam last week. Photo: courtesy of Total. 

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said in Dar es Salaam last week when officiating at a gala dinner hosted by Total Tanzania Limited to mark its 50th anniversary in the country, that giant energy companies should invest in rural energy sector to back government plans to have electricity supplied to all remote areas.

“While the government congratulates Total Tanzania for operating in the local market for 50 years, we would like to see your company extend its services and especially lighting to rural areas where the government has so far managed to supply power to 49 percent of the population against a target of 80 percent by the end of next year,” Majaliwa said.

The French energy conglomerate which deals mainly in oil and gas, also undertakes solar energy investments especially for rural areas. Majaliwa commended the company for its role in East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project which involves construction of an over 4,000 kilometres pipeline from Lake Albert in Uganda to Tanga Port.

“The government is so excited with Total’s dedicated ambitions in the construction of the Hoima Chongoleani oil pipeline,” the Prime Minister noted while stressing that Total has also been in the forefront in paying taxes, creating jobs and supporting community services as part of its corporate social responsibility.

He assured Total and other investors that Tanzania is a safe and conducive place to invest and leap handsomely in profits. “My duty is to make sure that things go well for businesses hence if any investor is facing hurdles, please report to me,” Majaliwa added.

President of Total Africa Marketing and Service, Stanislas Mittelman said the company is committed to serve local consumers for a long time and that’s why it has been investing heavily in oil and gas but also solar energy.

Mittelman said with decision to invest in the EACOP project and acquisition of Gapco Tanzania Limited assets last year clearly demonstrates commitment for a long term operations in the country and East Africa region.

“Total has invested over $200 million in the last three years, in particular through its recent acquisition of Gapco Tanzania Limited that led to tripling the size of its oil marketing and service network reaching now 100 petrol stations,” he noted saying inauguration of an over 46bn/- blending plant in Dar es Salaam earlier this year, is also testimony to such commitment.

Seconding his boss, Total Tanzania Country Chairman, Tarik Moufaddal said unlike other oil marketing companies which are scaling down operations in the domestic market, his company is expanding through further investment.

“Our commitment and the government’s infallible support strengthen our resolve to confidently step into the future,” said Moufaddel. Total has been operating in Tanzania since 1969 with its operations in the marketing, supply and service of petroleum, lubricants and solar products.