TOTAL & UGANDA FIGHTING
France's Total is seeking arbitration for a tax dispute with the Ugandan government tied to the company's acquisition of stakes in three exploration blocks.
The company told Reuters on Tuesday that it has filed a request with the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, a unit of the World Bank, to help settle the matter.
The dispute is tied to a 2012 deal that allowed Total and China's CNOOC to buy stakes in three Uganda blocks from UK-based Tullow Oil for $2.9 billion.
A source at the Uganda Revenue Authority told Reuters that Total has argued its production sharing agreement for Exploration Area 2, one of the blocks included in the deal, came with a tax waiver.
Total has not disclosed how much it may owe in taxes but the source said the bill stands at $30 million.
Last year Tullow Oil, along with Total and CNOOC, signed a pipeline and refinery deal with the Ugandan government that could lead to commercial production and crude exports by 2018.
Uganda has estimated crude reserves of about 6.5 billion barrels.
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