Total in France

Updated on March 2017

The Valmy highway service station in northeastern France at night.

Our main activities in France are refining, chemical production and petroleum product marketing. We are also active in renewable energies and conduct intensive research and development at seven world-class R&D centers.

We are involved in regional development through Total Développement Régional (TDR), whose mission is to foster and facilitate small business start-ups, takeovers and expansions that create jobs in our host regions.

Lastly, we are strongly committed to corporate philanthropy through a dedicated department and our corporate foundation.

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  • Created in 1924
    Total, called Compagnie Française des Pétroles (CFP) at the time
  • Around 3,700
    service stations (Total, Total Access and Elan), in the country
  • Around 1,800
    of our French employees are involved in research and development

Our businesses in France

  • Exploration & Production
    Exploration & Production
    Exploration & Production
  • Gas & Power
    Gas & Power
    Gas and Power
  • Refining & Chemicals
    Refining & Chemicals
    Refining & Chemicals

Exploration & Production in France

We have discontinued our production operations in France and are now focusing our know-how on three areas:
- Reclaiming the industrial sites (the Induslacq industrial complex and the adjoining areas where the gas production wells were located)
- Promoting and facilitating other industrial operations at local industrial parks
- Helping SOBEGI, in which we have a 60% interest, strengthen its economic and industrial model in order to ensure the sustainability of the Lacq, Mourenx and Mont platforms

Gas and Power in France

We hold a 27.5% interest in the Fos Cavaou LNG carrier terminal in southern France and a 9.9% interest in the Dunkirk LNG terminal in northern France, now being built.

We market natural gas and power to individual and business customers.

Refining & Chemicals in France

We operate six refining and petrochemical facilities:
- The Normandy complex, which comprises the Gonfreville-l’Orcher petrochemical plant and a research center, has implemented an extensive capital expenditure program to align it with new European market standards. The site's petrochemical activities include base chemicals and polymers.
- The Donges refinery on France's western coast produces diesel, home heating oil and gasoline from oil sourced mainly from Eastern Europe, West Africa, the Mediterranean and the North Sea. In order to secure new profitable markets and comply with new European standards, Total has invested €400 million to upgrade the facility.
- The Feyzin refinery south of Lyon produces diesel, gasoline, home heating oil, naphtha and bitumen. Its products primarily supply France’s Rhone-Alps region, as well as Switzerland and Germany.
- We have decided to invest €200 million to convert the La Mède facility and build France’s first biorefinery, which will also be one of the largest in Europe. The facility will help meet growing demand for biofuels.
- The Carling Saint-Avold complex in eastern France will eventually become the European center for hydrocarbon resins.
- The Grandpuits refinery near Paris supplies much of the greater Paris region with automotive fuel.

We are present in specialty chemicals through our affiliate Hutchinson(elastomers processing).

Our BioTfueL project in Dunkirk focuses on a process to convert a wide variety of biomass resources into second-generation biofuels.

  • Marketing & Services
    Marketing & Services
    Marketing & Services
  • New energies
    New energies
    Renewables Energies

Marketing & Services in France

In France, we have a network of more than 3,700 service stations that operate under the Total, Total Access and Elan brands, plus a dedicated truck network of about 240 AS 24 stations.

We produce and market petroleum products and related services, including:
- Automotive, industrial and marine lubricants
- Home heating oil
- Non-highway diesel
- Fuel oil
- Asphalt
- Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)
- Jet fuel
- Special fluids
- Additives and special fuels

Renewables Energies in France

We have a solar panel production plant in Toulouse and a photovoltaic panel assembly plant in eastern France through our affiliate SunPower.

In the area of research, we are a partner of the Laboratory of Physics of Interfaces and Thin Films (LPICM), a unit run jointly by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Ecole Polytechnique engineering school, as well as of the LAAS-CNRS laboratory in Toulouse.

Total is also the driving force behind the Institut Photovoltaïque d’Ile-de-France (IPVF), a photovoltaic R&D center that began its scientific work in 2014 and is currently located on the Paris-Saclay campus.

We have forged a number of partnerships in the biotechnology sector. In particular, we are working with the Grenoble-based Cell & Plant Physiology Laboratory (LPCV) run by the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) on an exploratory bioengineering research project to study microalgae.

Our businesses in France

  • Exploration & Production
    Exploration & Production
    Exploration & Production
  • Gas & Power
    Gas & Power
    Gas and Power

Exploration & Production in France

We have discontinued our production operations in France and are now focusing our know-how on three areas:
- Reclaiming the industrial sites (the Induslacq industrial complex and the adjoining areas where the gas production wells were located)
- Promoting and facilitating other industrial operations at local industrial parks
- Helping SOBEGI, in which we have a 60% interest, strengthen its economic and industrial model in order to ensure the sustainability of the Lacq, Mourenx and Mont platforms

Gas and Power in France

We hold a 27.5% interest in the Fos Cavaou LNG carrier terminal in southern France and a 9.9% interest in the Dunkirk LNG terminal in northern France, now being built.

We market natural gas and power to individual and business customers.

  • Refining & Chemicals
    Refining & Chemicals
    Refining & Chemicals
  • Marketing & Services
    Marketing & Services
    Marketing & Services

Refining & Chemicals in France

We operate six refining and petrochemical facilities:
- The Normandy complex, which comprises the Gonfreville-l’Orcher petrochemical plant and a research center, has implemented an extensive capital expenditure program to align it with new European market standards. The site's petrochemical activities include base chemicals and polymers.
- The Donges refinery on France's western coast produces diesel, home heating oil and gasoline from oil sourced mainly from Eastern Europe, West Africa, the Mediterranean and the North Sea. In order to secure new profitable markets and comply with new European standards, Total has invested €400 million to upgrade the facility.
- The Feyzin refinery south of Lyon produces diesel, gasoline, home heating oil, naphtha and bitumen. Its products primarily supply France’s Rhone-Alps region, as well as Switzerland and Germany.
- We have decided to invest €200 million to convert the La Mède facility and build France’s first biorefinery, which will also be one of the largest in Europe. The facility will help meet growing demand for biofuels.
- The Carling Saint-Avold complex in eastern France will eventually become the European center for hydrocarbon resins.
- The Grandpuits refinery near Paris supplies much of the greater Paris region with automotive fuel.

We are present in specialty chemicals through our affiliate Hutchinson(elastomers processing).

Our BioTfueL project in Dunkirk focuses on a process to convert a wide variety of biomass resources into second-generation biofuels.

Marketing & Services in France

In France, we have a network of more than 3,700 service stations that operate under the Total, Total Access and Elan brands, plus a dedicated truck network of about 240 AS 24 stations.

We produce and market petroleum products and related services, including:
- Automotive, industrial and marine lubricants
- Home heating oil
- Non-highway diesel
- Fuel oil
- Asphalt
- Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)
- Jet fuel
- Special fluids
- Additives and special fuels

  • New energies
    New energies
    Renewables Energies

Renewables Energies in France

We have a solar panel production plant in Toulouse and a photovoltaic panel assembly plant in eastern France through our affiliate SunPower.

In the area of research, we are a partner of the Laboratory of Physics of Interfaces and Thin Films (LPICM), a unit run jointly by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Ecole Polytechnique engineering school, as well as of the LAAS-CNRS laboratory in Toulouse.

Total is also the driving force behind the Institut Photovoltaïque d’Ile-de-France (IPVF), a photovoltaic R&D center that began its scientific work in 2014 and is currently located on the Paris-Saclay campus.

We have forged a number of partnerships in the biotechnology sector. In particular, we are working with the Grenoble-based Cell & Plant Physiology Laboratory (LPCV) run by the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) on an exploratory bioengineering research project to study microalgae.

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