Total Ethiopia, the oldest stakeholders in the retail fuel and lubricant business of Ethiopia, is going to relocate its head office as its current HQ
is right in the line of the under construction Addis Ababa City light Railway. The rail project will demolish more than half of the company’s headquarters adjacent to the Gotera Interchange.
The company has already rented a four-storey building around the African Union Commission (AUC) according to Jonathan Molapo, Chairman of Total Ethiopia.
“The country is growing at a fast pace and the momentum of that development is increasing. A number of big development projects are underway in this country and we have to embrace it to reap its benefits. The challenges we face in relocating our HQ due to the railway infrastructure development is comparatively small to the benefit we accrue from it,” said Molapo.
Total Ethiopia is building a state-of-the-art depot at a cost of 10 million euro around Dukem, a town located in the Oromia Regional state, 37 kilometers southeast of Addis Ababa. When completed in December 2013, the new facility will have the capacity to store more than 4,200m3 of benzene, 2,100m3 of diesel, 650m3 of kerosene, 650m3 of lubricants, 400m3 of ethanol and 100 tons liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) stored in gas cylinders.
The company is currently distributing three types of d.light solar lamps. The lamps have the capacity to light up the dark from eight to 100 hours non-stop. The lamps can also be used to charge mobile phones in case of a power blackout. The solar lamps are available in all service stations of the company. Total Ethiopia has also introduced environment-friendly oil tanker technology.
“Total is not only a fuel retailing company as many people think. It is also an energy company. That is why we are providing an alternative energy system; solar energy,” said the Chairman.
The company has also taken the initiative to support government bodies tasked with the supervision of fuel quality in three regional states and one city administration. In 2011, Total conducted trainings and provided materials and equipment that help in the development of quality management, including water detecting pastes required to facilitate quality control in the Tigray, Amhara and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional (SNNPR) states. It also provided a similar type of training to the Addis Ababa City Administration Trade and Investment bureau and donated equipment worth nearly 100,000 birr last year in its various support engagements. Established in 1950, Total Ethiopia operates 190 stations throughout the country. Out of the total number of fuel and lubricant retailing stations, 40 are in Addis Ababa. Six more service stations will be constructed this year. It has created 150 permanent job opportunities and more than 150 temporary jobs at its head office. Every station has around 20 employees.
Total is the fourth largest oil and lubricant retailing company in the world and the first in Africa. It has service stations in more than 50 African countries. Currently, its shares on the Ethiopian market constitute more than 30 percent in fuel retails and 45 percent in lubricants.