A Global Multi-energy Provider

Total is the world’s fourth-largest publicly-traded integrated oil and gas company[1], with operations in more than 130 countries spanning all aspects of the petroleum industry, including Upstream operations (oil and gas exploration, development and production, LNG) and Downstream operations (refining, marketing and the trading and shipping of crude oil and petroleum products )

Total also produces base chemicals (petrochemicals and fertilizers) and specialty chemicals for the industrial and consumer markets (rubber processing, resins, adhesives and electroplating). In addition, Total has interests in the coal mining and power generation sectors. Total is also helping to secure the future of energy through its commitment to developing renewable energies, such as solar power and marine energy and second-generation biofuels..

With 96,400 employees worldwide, Total reported sales of €158.7 billion in 2007.

  A Leader in Each of the Core Businesses


Total has exploration and production activities in more than 40 countries and produces oil or gas in 30 countries. Our production was 2.39 million barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2007. Africa, Europe, and the Middle East are our main producing regions, followed by Asia and North and South America. Total has a solid, diversified portfolio of proved reserves representing 10.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent[2] and of proved and probable reserves of 20 billion barrels of oil equivalent[3].

The Gas & Power division encompasses the marketing, trading, transport and storage of natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG), LNG re-gasification and the maritime transport and trading of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). It also includes power generation from combined cycle plants and renewable energies, the trading and marketing of electricity as well as the production and marketing of coal. Total is continuing to develop its global presence in each of these activities.


No.1 in Western European refining/marketing[4] and No.1 in African marketing[5], Total directly operates 12 of the 25 refineries in which it has interests. Total’s retail network of nearly 16,500 service stations is mainly located in Europe and Africa. In 2007, Total’s refining capacity was approximately 2.6 million barrels per day and approximately 3.9 million barrels per day of petroleum products were sold. Outside Europe, Total’s priority focus is on fast-growing markets in Africa, where we are the No.1 marketer with 11% market share, around the Mediterranean Rim, in the Middle-East and in Southeast Asia.

Refineries also contribute to producing a broad range of specialty products[6], such as lubricants, LPG, jet fuel, special fluids, bitumen and petrochemical feedstock. Total is among the leading companies in the European specialty products market, notably for lubricants LPG and jet fuel. Total sells fuel to nearly 270 airports in over 70 countries supplying approximately 200 airlines. Total is a leading global crude oil and refined product trader, handling an average of approximately 5 million barrels per day in 2007.


In Chemicals, Total is one of the world’s largest integrated producers[7] and a European or global leader in each of our markets:

  • Base Chemicals activities encompass petrochemicals (Total Petrochemicals) including base petrochemicals (the production of olefins and aromatics), polyethylene, polypropylene and styrenics, as well as fertilizers (GPN).
  • Specialties include rubber processing (Hutchinson), resins (Cray Valley, Sartomer and Cook Composites & Polymers), adhesives (Bostik) and electroplating (Atotech).

  Our Responsibilities as a Manufacturer

As an international energy provider and chemicals producer, Total is directly concerned by major global economic, human resources and environmental issues. Total is committed to tangible objectives as part of its corporate social responsibility process, whose procedures, practices and performance are clearly defined and disclosed.

Total’s main challenges as a manufacturer are sustainably developing energy supply, ensuring the safety of operations and reducing their environmental footprint, helping to fight against climate change, respecting and promoting human rights, respecting neighboring communities, and contributing to the development of host countries.

Footnotes (Source: 2007 Registration Document):

[1] Based on market capitalization (in dollars) as of December 31, 2007
[2] Based on year-end Brent price of 93.72 $/b
[3] Limited to proved and probable reserves covered by E&P contracts on fields that have been drilled and for which technical studies have demonstrated economic development in a 60$/b Brent environment, including the portion of heavy oil in the Joslyn field developed by mining
[4] Company data, based on refining capacities
[5] Company data, PFC Energy, December 2007
[6] Company data, based on quantities sold
[7] Company data, based on consolidated sales
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