Total S.A. is an oil company and also a large-scale chemicals manufacturer.

Its businesses cover the entire oil and gas chain, from crude oil and natural gas exploration and production to power generation, transportation, refining, petroleum product marketing, and international crude oil and product trading.


It is considered to be one of the six „Supermajor“ oil companies in the world. These are non state-owned energy companies:

  • ExxonMobil (USA, Market capitialisation: USD 464.38 Billion (2008), employees: 106,100 (2007))
  • Royal Dutch Shell (UK/Netherlands, Market capitalisation: USD 256.03 Billion (2008), employees: 104,000 (2008))
  • BP (British Petroleum, UK, Market capitalisation: USD 204.78 billion (2008), employees: 96,200 (2008))
  • Chevron Corporation (USA, Market capitalisation: USD 196.68 billion (2007), employees: 60,000 (2008))
  • ConocoPhillips (USA, Market capitalisation: USD 138.19 Billion (2008), employees: 32,600 (2008))
  • Total S.A. (France, Market capitalisation: USD 181.33 Billion (2008), employees: 96,442 (2008))

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