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In the 1920s, the Compagnie Française des Pétroles (CFP) was founded. It was the first serious competitor to the major Anglo-Saxon oil and gas production companies and the forebearer of TotalEnergies. It was in the Middle East that CFP carried out its first exploration and production operations with Iraq, then Qatar, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Algeria, and Libya. Starting in the 1980s, Total also set up operations in Yemen, Syria, and Kuwait and more recently Cyprus and Lebanon. The Company then strengthened its relations with the host countries and the national oil companies.

With a long-standing presence in the zone, TotalEnergies Exploration-Production (EP) wants to assert its leading position in expertise and cutting-edge technology, foster the emergence of local talents, and support promising projects. It is a key player in the energy transition in the Middle East and North Africa, combining energy mix diversification with the greenhouse gas emissions reduction objectives.

In Qatar, TotalEnergies operates in Al Shaheen, the largest oil fields in the country (around half of Qatar’s oil production), which is the focus of an important redevelopment program. The Company is also present in Al Khalij, a complex field with various geological challenges. Exploration-Production also has a stake in Qatargas and Dolphin gas programs.

In the United Arab Emirates, among the major projects: Onshore and offshore ADNOC. In both cases, TotalEnergies Exploration-Production provides all of its technical expertise to help ADNOC achieve its production objectives. In Libya, the Company has access to high-quality assets with low technical costs in the offshore site in Al-Jurf and the onshore sites in El Charara, Mabruk, and Waha.

In Iraq, TotalEnergies EP expands its multi-energy and sustainable development projects. Among them are: the gas flaring recovery for electricity production usage, the installation of a solar unit to provide the Bassorah network with power and the construction of a seawater treatment plant to manage the problem of water stress in the areas. 

In Algeria, where TotalEnergies EP is a long-time partner of Sonatrach, the teams provide their expertise to develop the operation of the gas reserves in Timimoun and Tin Fouyé Tabankort. In Oman, the Company signed an agreement in 2021 with Sultanat for the co-creation of Marsa LNG with the aim of later developing a low carbon intensity LNG plant in Sohar, powered with solar power, for the production of LNG bunker marine fuels. In Yemen, Exploration-Production is also partner with the largest industrial project for LNG unit (waiting for the stabilization of the political situation to resume operations).

The Exploration-Production branch of TotalEnergies is a valued partner for the producing countries of the Middle east and North Africa.


TotalEnergies Exploration-Production in the Middle East and North Africa: some key figures 

  • Present in 11 countries
  • 740 member of staff, with 390 of them expats
  • Oil and gas production: 624 koe/d, amounting to about 22% of the Company’s production 
  • Proven reserves: 3,367 Mboe
  • 2 major integrated refinery and chemical plants
  • 7 LNG plants in operation