Total postpones Tilenga meeting with Museveni following Magufuli's death
Following the death of the president of Tanzania John Magufuli last week, ministers Adelardus Kilangi and Medard Kalemani cancelled their visit to Uganda planned Monday.
Fluor's lower bid is thought to have given it an edge over its rival, the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, for the vast works on the Lake Albert field. With an election round the corner, Museveni is keen for things to move quickly now.
On 21 October, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni's government officially authorised British Tullow Oil to sell its 33% share in Albert Lake to Total. Tullow Oil immediately put an end to its pending arbitration procedure against the state, thus cutting its last ties to Kampala.
With elections just around the corner, Interior Minister George Simbachawene, who used to be the energy minister, had the heads of the country's three biggest oil marketers arrested as part of a crackdown tied not only to dwindling fuel supplies but also to pre-poll image management.
French major Total's Ugandan activities, which have come under attack from several environmental groups, will be examined afresh by a French court at the end of June. Total is about to become the sole major decision-marker on the Tilenga oil project and is behaving as if nothing was amiss.