The chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Total Group,Patrick Pouyanne,says Nigeria’s sustainable energy solution lies in solar technology.
Besides,he identified solar technology as “a cheap way to provide electricity”, while expressing the company’s readiness to work with Nigeria in the area of renewal energy especially solar in addressing the country’s electricity needs.
He spoke during his courtesy call on Vice President Yemi Osinbajo,where he also said expressed delight at the recent launch of the Egina field which at peak will add 200,000 barrels of oil per day to Nigeria’s production apart from the Nigerian content landmarks which have become a game changer in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.
He said: “Nigeria is important to the TOTAL Group as the country now represents about 10% of the Group’s global production. Nigeria has a lot of prolific oil fields and Total would gladly carry out exploration activities if the government grants the licence”.
He noted that after Egina, Total is launching two other projects-Ikike and Prowei. He declared: “Total is actively involved in the expansion of NLNG capacity through the Train 7+ project for which a Final Investment Decision is planned in 2019. Total has done a lot in Nigeria and is ready to do more.”
Pouyanne had earlier paid a visit to the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Dr. Baru who commended Total for its vast contributions to Nigeria, describing the company as “the most integrated oil & gas company, in Nigeria.”
Stressing that the country would continue to collaborate with Total, Baru lauded the company for completing Egina under the proposed budget, adding that Nigeria would benefit a lot from the execution and completion of the project in terms of local content.
He advocated the need for the support of Total in activating the Obite gas production facility for the commencement of gas supply to the Nigerian LNG.