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Exploration & Production

Since the 1980s, Total has explored for oil and gas in many Chinese basins offshore and onshore: Beibu Gulf, Bohai Bay, Yellow Sea and Tarim Basin, in particular. A Total E&P representative office was opened in Beijing in 2001, tasked with generating new business in China and forging new links with Chinese national oil companies to establish strategic partnerships worldwide.

In 2006, Total signed a Production Sharing Contract (PSC) with China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) for the evaluation, development and production of natural gas resources in the South Sulige gas field. A wholly-owned subsidiary, Total E&P Chine (TEPC), was established for the implementation of the project. Total is sharing 49% and CNPC 51% of the investment, with operatorship of the project proactively transferred to CNPC. The first production is scheduled for 2012. The total production forecast over the term of the contract (until 2036) is approximately 440 million barrels of oil equivalent.

Beyond the South Sulige development, Total is studying other possible partnerships in China, including onshore, unconventional exploration plays with a focus on shale gas, and also offshore opportunities where the Group can contribute its experience in deep water.

In 2010 Total E&P set up an International Procurement Office (IPO) in Shanghai. Through the IPO, Total will increase and develop sourcing and procurement from China. The IPO will assist our suppliers by providing coaching that will improve operational efficiency and safety in the workplace. It will also ensure that suppliers attain relevant industry qualifications.

Key Global E&P Partnerships with Chinese partners:

AKPO deepwater field in Nigeria with CNOOC

Since 2006, Total, with a 24% stake, is developing and operating the giant Akpo deepwater field in Nigeria, with CNOOC, a 45% partner in the venture. With production starting up in early 2009, this giant gas and condensates field produces more than 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Total and CNOOC are expected to continue the partnership in the large Egina field located in the same license area.

Onshore exploration blocks in Yemen and Canada extra-heavy oil sands with Sinopec

In 2007, Total farmed into two onshore exploration blocks (69 &71) in Yemen with Sinopec. In 2008, a key joint gas discovery on Block 71 was instrumental in advancing the project.

And since 2008, Total has been working in partnership with Sinopec at the Northern Light extra-heavy oil project in the oil sands of Athabasca, Canada.

Halfaya oil field in Iraq with PetroChina

In 2010, Total (18.75%) participated in a consortium led by PetroChina (operator, 37.5%), which is developing the Halfaya oil field in Iraq. In June 2012, the consortium has started raising production from the Halfaya field to reach in its first phase an average of 70,000 barrels a day.

Three licenses in the Lake Albert region of Uganda with CNOOC and Tullow

In 2011, Total became an equal partner with CNOOC and Tullow on three licenses in the Lake Albert region of Uganda. Each partner holds a one-third interest in the blocks and will operate one of them. Production is anticipated to exceed 300,000 barrels per day.

Also in 2011, Total farmed into an offshore exploration license in Qatar alongside CNOOC, exploring for gas.

Bokhtar PSC area in Tajikistan with CNPC

In 2012, Total farmed into the Bokhtar PSC area in Tajikistan with a 33.335% interest, partnering with CNODC, a subsidiary of CNPC and Tethys Petroleum. A number of giant gas discoveries have already been made in the basin. The first exploration well is anticipated by end-2014.