Total S.A. was founded in 1924 and is an integrated oil and gas multinational.
One of the six biggest oil companies of the world, this French corporation is headquartered in Paris.
Total covers all operations in the oil and gas chain and is also a noted chemicals manufacturer. It explores, produces and refines crude oil and natural gas, generates power, markets, distributes petrochemicals and is also involved in international trading of crude oil and gas.
It holds a 30 percent stake in the South Rub’ al-Khali joint venture based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, along with partners Saudi Aramco and Royal Dutch Shell. Its acquisition of shale exploration rights in northern England, in January 2014, made it the first major oil and gas company in the world to have won shale exploration rights in the United Kingdom.