LETTER TO THE EDITOR.

 
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Chad pipeline inaccuracies

Francois Misser's story regarding the Chad oil development project in your February issue contains errors that require correction.

First, the story headline is misleading in its reference to a blockage of the pipeline project. The last paragraph of the story, which contradicts the headline, more accurately reflects the facts in stating that the project is 'expected to go ahead.'

The World Bank has not yet agreed to provide loans to Chad and Cameroon. It is expected that the directors of The World Bank will not make a decision on the Bank's participation until sometime late this summer. In addition, this story erroneously states that the number of construction-related jobs will be 2,000 workers, as well as some 600 truck drivers. A later mistaken reference indicates that 400 jobs will be generated by the project. In fact, the project is expected to generate 4,600 jobs in Chad and Cameroon during construction.

The paragraph on the Sedigi/ SEERAT energy project also contains a number of inaccuracies. The consortium would develop the Sedigi oil field. Separately, a pipeline would transport the oil to the capital city of N'Djamena, and a refinery would be constructed there to process the oil. Please note that the consortium will not be participating in operation of the expanded power generating station. Also, the generating station is located in N'Djamena, not at Sedigi.

I should also add that the Sedigi/SEERAT energy project is not a reward to the government, as your story states. Rather, it will result in a major improvement in the quality of life for many Chadian citizens. This will make it possible to increase the electricity supply to the nation's capital, which presently suffers from frequent power blackouts and has the most expensive electricity rates in the world. Whereas Chad now imports all of its...

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