Oil Major Total Plans Biggest Exploration Drive in Years

By Bate Felix and Wendell Roelf PARIS/CAPE TOWN, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Total is launching its biggest exploration campaign for years in 2019 as part of a turnaround plan that is ditching the company's focus on risky long-shots in favor of areas known to contain commercial levels of oil or gas. The French major aims to drill 23 wells this year, its senior vice president for … [Read more...]

Total Poised to Start Exports From Big New Oil Field in Nigeria

By Sherry Su (Bloomberg) -- Total SA is poised to start exports of crude from a major new offshore field in Nigeria, adding to global supplies at a time when oil prices are plunging. Shipments of Egina crude from a floating offshore production vessel have been scheduled for February, according to a copy of a loading program for the new grade seen by Bloomberg. Initial … [Read more...]

Maersk’s Big Oil Exit Comes With a $1.2 Billion Ball-and-Chain

By Christian Wienberg (Bloomberg) -- A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S is about to exit the Danish offshore oil industry that it created half a century ago. But for the next few decades, it will be stuck with a liability that’s as big as $1.2 billion stemming from that business. Maersk on Friday won a key approval to sell its energy unit to Total S.A., with the Danish Energy Agency … [Read more...]

CMA CGM Lines Up LNG Fuel Supply for Gas-Powered Megaships

CMA CGM has reached an agreement with French energy company Total on the supply of LNG fuel for the shipping company's nine record-setting newbuildings to be powered by natural gas. Under the agreement, Total will supply around 300,000 tons of liquified natural gas per year for a period of 10 years. The supply will commence upon delivery of the containerships beginning in … [Read more...]

Birth of Another LNG Giant Shows Majors’ Edge Over Traders

By Anna Shiryaevskaya and Francois de Beaupuy (Bloomberg) -- Total SA’s billion-dollar deal to buy liquefied natural gas assets from Engie SA shows how much size matters in the industry. After Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s takeover of BG Group Plc last year, industry consultant Wood Mackenzie Ltd. says the latest accord is evidence that the biggest energy companies with … [Read more...]