The multinational oil company is primarily engaged in all aspects of the petroleum industry, from oil and gas exploration, development and production, to refining, marketing, and the trading and shipping of crude oil and petroleum products. The company was founded in March 1924 as the Compagnie française des pétroles (CFP). Its headquarters is located in Courbevoie.The company has oil and gas exploration operations in the North Sea (Ekofisk platform), Africa (AGMP platform on the Anguille field in Gabon, Dalia field in Angola), the Middle East (Qatar, Iran.), Asia (Indonesia, Thailand), North America (United States and Canada) and South America (Venezuela, Argentina). Its average daily production of liquids and natural gas is more than 2.28 million barrels of oil equivalent per year.In the downstream segment, the company is a leader in the gas market, with fast-growing positions in liquefied natural gas (LNG). In 2009, its Artère de Guyenne gas pipeline commenced operation. This pipeline (70 kilometers long and 900 millimeters in diameter) connects Captieux and Mouliets-et-Villemartin to facilitate the transport of gas, notably from the Fos Cavaou LNG terminal in the port of Fos-sur-Mer (southern France) to northern France.The company is the number one in Western European refining and marketing and number one in African marketing with a worldwide refining capacity of approximately 2.6 million barrels of oil per day and selling approximately 3.7 million barrels of petroleum products per day. Its integrated refining base in Europe include the Feyzin and Donges refineries in France and the Mitteldeutschland refinery in Germany.The company operates a network of approximately 16,425 service stations in more than 40 countries worldwide. It is one of the leading marketers based on refining capacity and refined product sales throughout the combined six largest western European markets (France, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany and Italy). Outside Europe, the company is the largest oil marketer in Africa, with a market share of 11 percent. It is also present in approximately 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific region as well as in 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its products, including gasoline, diesel, performance fuel, lubricants, additives, marine fuel and jet fuel, are available under the TOTAL brand.Apart from its oil and gas business, the company is involved in the production of base chemicals (olefins, aromatics, polyyethylene, polypropylene, styrenics, and mineral fertilizers) and specialty chemicals for the industrial and consumer markets. Its main petrochemicals sites are located in Belgium (Antwerp, Feluy, etc.), France (Gonfreville, Carling, Lavéra, Feyzin), United States (Texas and Louisiana), Singapore, and China (Foshan). In the fertilizer business, the company produces products under the Rosafert, Rosaliq and Rosasol brands through subsidiary Zuid-Chemie in Belgium and the Netherlands. For specialty chemicals, it produces rubber products (for automotive and aerospace industries), resins (solvent-borne resins, rheological additives, surface modifiers, acrylic and vinyl resins, powder resins, colophane derivatives, Norsolène hydrocarbon resins), and adhesives (Bostik, Sader, Miplacol, Quelyd and Simson bonding products and sealants).
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