Total is a leading multinational energy company operating in more than 130 countries. Together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, Total is the fifth largest publicly-traded integrated international oil and gas company in the world. Total engages in all aspects of the petroleum industry, including upstream operations (oil and gas exploration, development and production, LNG) and downstream operations (refining, marketing, trading and shipping of crude oil and petroleum products. More information about the Total Group can be found on the website: www.total.com
Total in Uganda
Total has been present in Uganda since 1955 through its marketing operations, and the Group holds more than 24% of the market share. Total E&P Uganda is a new upstream affiliate which will handle the exploration and production of oil in Exploration Area 1 (EA-1) and Exploration Area 1A (EA-1A) within the Albertine Region.
At TOTAL, we believe that to be a truly global energy company, you must be able to address the needs of 1.3 billion people worldwide that do not have access to electricity. It’s in this regard that TOTAL introduced the Total Access to Energy program, which acts as a project incubator to develop innovative, economically viable solutions to improve access to energy for low-income communities. To serve these communities, TOTAL decided to offer a range of solar lamps that are both less expensive and brighter than more commonly used lighting sources.
“In Uganda, 88% of the population is not connected to the public electricity grid and yet lack of access to energy is a major obstacle to development.” said Ms Ada Eze, the Managing Director of Total Uganda Limited, during the project launch held at Sheraton Hotel on June 20, 2013.
“To enable off-grid, low-income communities to meet some of their most basic everyday needs, Total Uganda has introduced Awango by Total, a line of innovative, reliable solar lighting and phone charging solutions. We believe that the Awango product line will improve lives by enabling these communities to get extra hours of light to continue with their income generating activities which would normally end by nightfall. It will also help them reduce the need for pricey oil/kerosene for lighting, “said Ms. Eze.
Initially, Total was relying on its network of trained service employees to inform and educate customers about solar energy and how to use the lamps. However, the company is now teaming up with partners such as cooperatives and NGO’s working in far off locations to bring the products even closer to people.
“We understand finances can be an issue so our aim is to innovate by creating last-mile distribution networks by teaming up with reliable partners such as SACCOS, Microfinance Institutions, NGO’s with community outreaches, colleges and schools, to offer the products on a feasible payment platform that is suited to the conditions in which they will be used and yet still be affordable,” said Mrs. Ahlem Friga-Noy, the Corporate Affairs Manager at Total Exploration and Production in Uganda.
The guest of Honor, Ms Amelia Kyambadde, the Minister of trade, thanked Total for not only boosting access to alternative, clean energy sources but also for demonstrating a strong commitment to the development of Uganda. She urged the public to embrace this initiative, emphasizing that this would ultimately improve livelihoods.
Launched worldwide in January 2011, the project is an innovative business Model with an ambitious target of bettering the lives of millions of people across the world by combining profitability with benefits for the local community. The Awango by Total range includes top quality, cost effective, solar products from portable solar lamps to modular kits. The lamps provide up to 12 hours of lighting when fully charged and some ranges can also be used to charge mobile phones.
In 2012 the project was launched in 4 new countries (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Haiti and Cambodia) and in 2013, it will be rolled out in at least 6 new countries including Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania and Bangladesh.