48 Facts About Total SE


TotalEnergies SE is a French multinational integrated energy and petroleum company founded in 1924 and one of the seven supermajor oil companies.

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Total SE is a component of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index.

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Total SE entered the United States in 1971 by acquiring Leonard Petroleum of Alma, Michigan and several Standard Oil of Indiana stations in Metro Detroit.

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Total SE's leadership had been aware of the deleterious effects of global warming since at least 1971; The company nevertheless openly denied the findings of climate science until the 1990s; Total SE pursued a number of strategies to cover up the threat and contribution to the climate crisis.

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Meanwhile, Total SE continued to expand its retail presence in North America under several brand names.

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In 2006, Saudi Aramco and Total SE signed a MOU to develop the Jubail Refinery and Petrochemical project in Saudi Arabia which targeted 400,000 barrels per day.

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Total SE withdrew in 2006 from all Iranian development work because of United Nations concerns that resulted in sanctions over possible weaponization of the Nuclear program of Iran.

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In 2010, Total SE announced plans to pull out of the forecourt market in the United Kingdom.

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In 2013, Total SE started the operation at Kashagan with North Caspian Operating Company.

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In January 2014, Total SE became the first major oil and gas firm to acquire exploration rights for shale gas in the UK after it bought a 40 percent interest in two licences in the Gainsborough Trough area of northern England for $48 million.

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Patrick Pouyanne, who was Total SE's Refining Chief at that time, was appointed as CEO, and as chairman of Total SE in 2015.

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In 2015, Total SE unveiled plans to cut 180 jobs in the United Kingdom, reduce refinery capacity and slow spending on North Sea fields after it fell to a $5.

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In 2016, Total SE signed a $224M deal to buy Lampiris, the third-largest Belgian supplier of gas and renewable energy to expand its gas and power distribution activities.

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In 2016, Total agreed to buy French battery maker Saft Groupe S A in a $1.

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Between 2013 and 2017, Total SE organized the ARGOS Challenge, a robotic competition with the aim to develop robots for their oil and gas production sites.

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Total SE is thus pursuing its strategy of downstream integration in the gas and power value chain in Europe.

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In 2018, Total SE officially withdrew from the Iranian South Pars gas field because of sanctions pressure from the US.

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In 2021, Total SE left the American Petroleum Institute lobby, due to differences on the common vision on how to tackle the fight against climate change.

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In 2021, Total SE said that it had registered an income of $3 billion for the period of January–March, which is close to the levels registered before the pandemic.

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The building was originally constructed between 1983 and 1985 for Elf Aquitaine; Total SE SA acquired the building after its merger with Elf in 2000.

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Total SE is involved in 23 projects of exploration and production in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Russia.

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Total SE has been a significant investor in the Iranian energy sector since 1990.

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Total SE is currently the subject of a lawsuit in French and Belgian courts for the condoning and use of the country's civilian slavery to construct the pipeline.

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In 2016, Total agreed to purchase French battery maker Saft Groupe S A for 1.

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In 2016, Total SE signed a $224M deal to buy Lampiris, the third-largest Belgian supplier of gas and renewable energy to expand its gas and power distribution activities.

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In 2022, Total SE announced it had added 4GW to its renewable energy portfolio through the acquisition of the Austin-based company, Core Solar.

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In 2001, Total SE signed a contract for oil-reconnaissance in areas offshore Western Sahara, with the "Moroccan Office National de Recherches et d'Exploitations Petrolieres".

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Finally, Total SE decided to not renew their license off Western Sahara.

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Total SE was only fined that amount because they were only partially liable because Total SA did not own the ship.

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In 2008, Total SE was required to pay €192 million in compensation to victims of the pollution caused by the sinking of the ship Erika.

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Total SE appealed twice against the verdict, losing both times.

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In 2016, Total SE was ranked as the second-best of 92 oil, gas, and mining companies on indigenous rights in the Arctic.

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In 2021, Total SE was ranked as the 2nd most environmentally responsible company out of 120 oil, gas, and mining companies involved in resource extraction north of the Arctic Circle in the Arctic Environmental Responsibility Index.

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In 2021, Total SE failed to airlift local and ex patriat persons while under attack by militants in Palma, Mozambique.

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Total SE is being implicated in a bribe commission scandal which is currently emerging in Malta.

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In 2010, Total SE was accused of bribing Iraqi officials during former president Saddam Hussein's regime to secure oil supplies.

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In 2013, a case was settled that concerned charges that Total SE bribed an Iranian official with $60 million, which they documented as a "consulting charge, " and which unfairly gave them access to Iran's Sirri A and Sirri E oil and gas fields.

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Total SE is an official recommended fuel and lubricants for all prominent Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance members, including Renault, Nissan, Infiniti, Dacia, Alpine and Datsun, Kia Motors, three Stellantis marques, Honda, Aston Martin, Mazda, Sany and Tata Motors for automobiles only as well as Peugeot Motocycles, Kawasaki and Honda for motorcycles only.

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Total SE has provided fuel and lubricants to professional auto racing teams.

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Total SE has been a longtime partner of Citroen Sport in the World Rally Championship, Dakar Rally and World Touring Car Championship.

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Total SE has been a partner of Peugeot Sport in Formula One from 1995 to 2000, the British Touring Car Championship in 1995 and 1996 and since 2001 in the World Rally Championship, Intercontinental Rally Challenge, 24 Hours of Le Mans, Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, Dakar Rally and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

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Total SE is a partner of Peugeot Sport for its customer racing TCR Touring Car programme.

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Total SE was a partner of Renault Sport in Formula One from 2009 to 2016.

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Also, Total SE was the title sponsor of the Copa Sudamericana football tournament in 2013 and 2014.

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Total SE is one of the official sponsors for one of the most popular and influential Mexican football teams, Club America.

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In terms of educational development, Total SE provides scholarships worth millions of euros annually to international students to study in France.

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Total SE will start with the Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Gabon, therefore, renaming it Total SE Africa Cup of Nations.

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In 2019, the company's Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Pouyanne pledged that Total SE would make a €100 million contribution to the reconstruction of the Notre-Dame cathedral after it was extensively damaged in a fire.

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