The risks assumed by producers operating in far-flung lands are well known. But when chaos suddenly erupts, their response to the human toll goes largely unnoticed. Reese Energy Consulting today is following the latest events unfolding in Asia and Africa where French energy giant Total has been swept up in two concurrent geopolitical and humanitarian crises. The drama began Feb.11, when the Myanmar military staged a government coup resulting in the deaths of 520 and the arrest of more than 3,000. Total pays $4 million a month in taxes on its offshore natural gas operations. Half of the gas is used to generate electricity for 5 million local people. CEO Patrick Pouyanne says the company has little choice but to continue production and pay the military to protect local staff and ensure electrical power. Total has pledged $4 million to human rights associations. On Mar. 24, militants invaded a Mozambique village killing dozens near Total’s $20 billion LNG project. The company has since provided refuge for 10,000 villagers, 15+ tons of food, and has evacuated as many as 1,000 a day mainly by boat.
Total is a broad energy company that produces and markets fuels, natural gas and electricity. Their 100,000 employees are committed to better energy that is more affordable, more reliable, cleaner and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, their ambition is to become the responsible energy major.