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Total Continues Oil Scour in Uganda

Total Continues Oil Scour in Uganda

From The Wall Street Journal

Tuesday said it had resumed oil exploration activities in northern Uganda, a month after suspending operations in the hitherto war-ravaged region following the discovery of unexploded ammunition.

Ugandan troops have declared Total’s block 1 in the oil-rich Lake Albertine rift basin 80% free of unexploded ammunition, allowing the oil company to resume operations “immediately,” Total Uganda spokeswoman Ahlem Friga Noy said.

“Seismic activities have immediately resumed in this area, leading to a partial lifting of the force majeure,” Ms. Friga-Noy said.

“Only a limited zone remains to be cleared. The risk assessment is still ongoing in this residual part and the operations in this area will resume as soon as it is declared safe by the relevant authorities.”

Total, which jointly owns the block with the U.K.’s Tullow Oil PLC (TLW.LN) and China’s Cnooc Ltd. (0883.HK), suspended operations in September after company workers discovered the ammunition at two separate locations on the northern side of River Nile.

The block is located in Northern Uganda, which is recovering from a two-decade insurgency, orchestrated by rebels of the Lords Resistance Army, led by fugitive war lord, Joseph Kony.

Lieutenant Isaac Oware, the Ugandan military spokesman in the region, said the Ugandan military is conducting a mop-up operation to clear the area of the unexploded ammunition.

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