Chad and Cameroon overview

The Chad/Cameroon development project includes oilfields in southern Chad and a pipeline system to transport crude oil to a marine terminal in Cameroon for export.

Article Aug. 13, 2017

Chad and Cameroon overview

As operator, Esso Exploration and Production Chad Inc. (EEPCI) conducts oilfield development and production on behalf of a project consortium that includes Esso (40 percent), Petronas (35 percent) and Chevron (25 percent).

We also provide project-management services to pipeline companies Tchad Oil Transportation Co. SA and Cameroon Oil Transportation Co. SA. Each host country owns shares of its respective pipeline company.

ExxonMobil is committed to investing in the countries in which we operate, and in Chad and Cameroon, we support a variety of initiatives. The ExxonMobil Foundation funded the Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs initiative, which provided microcredit funding and training for more than 80 traditional women’s cooperatives in the oilfield area. The program increased the incomes of 1,600 women in the cooperatives by an average of 75 percent. The initiative’s success prompted a second phase that began in 2012.

Project funding, along with contractor donations and community compensation micro development projects, has enabled the construction of 130 community schools, as well as 95 water wells to provide safe drinking water in villages.

Major malaria prevention and treatment programs are in place in Chad and Cameroon, with millions in funding from the ExxonMobil Foundation. During the construction phase of the Chad/Cameroon development project, the Roll Back Malaria program distributed nearly 75,000 anti-mosquito bed nets in partnership with the World Health Organization and the health ministries of Chad and Cameroon.

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Economic development in Chad and Cameroon

Even in the current low oil price environment, the project has continued to make significant contributions to the economies of Chad and Cameroon. These contributions include government revenues; employment training and jobs, almost all of which are held by nationals of the two countries; the purchase of local goods and services; and the transfer of business and technical knowledge to a growing number of entrepreneurs.

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Environmental Management Plan (EMP)

Project activities are guided by one of the most rigorous Environmental Management Plans (EMP) in the history of sub-Saharan Africa. It contains precise specifications on a wide range of environmental and socioeconomic measures that the project must undertake. Significant events related to EMP requirements in 2016 included project donations to the Foundation for Environment and Development (FEDEC) benefiting indigenous people in Cameroon and the resolution of three lengthy, complex community disputes with the project.

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Chad-Cameroon's community engagement

In recent years the project has had little need for more land in or around the OFDA and the pipeline corridor, resulting in a significant reduction in compensation being paid to individuals and communities. Because EEPCI, TOTCO and COTCO want to continue their close, positive long-term relationships with these communities, all three companies have continued to reach out to local municipalities and to provide support, with an emphasis on schools and other forms of sustainable development.

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Safety and health with the Chad and Cameroon Project

The project’s multi-layered approach to safety led in 2016 to the best record in the history of the project. COTCO and TOTCO have not had a reportable injury in over two and a half years, and EEPCI experienced only one recordable incident — a dog bite. The Cameroon Ministry of Health credited a new addition to COTCO’s public health programs with saving the lives of 59 snakebite victims.

Chad and Cameroon Article Aug. 13, 2017