Tullow defends legal action

Tullow Oil had no alternative to legal action after Democratic Republic of Congo cancelled its claim to two oil blocks on Lake Albert, the company’s vice president said.

Tullow won a temporary injunction in a British Virgin Islands court on September 21 against the development or resale of the blocks along the Ugandan border, which now belong to companies owned by Khulubuse Zuma, the nephew of South African President Jacob Zuma. Tullow has also lodged a case against Congo at the International Court of Arbitration in Paris.

Zuma’s companies, Caprikat and Foxwhelp, both registered in the British Virgin Islands, received a presidential decree to exploit the blocks that were previously awarded, though not decreed, to Tullow.

“Since Tullow is not in the habit of buying back goods which have been stolen from us, I defy anybody to show what alternative we had to these legal actions,” vice president Tim O’Hanlon said.


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