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Total: French Energy Behemoth

November 3, 2015

Total SA was founded in 1924 and is based in Paris, France. It does business as an oil ang gas company globally. Total operates through three segments: Upstream, Refinery & Chemicals, and Marketing & Services.

The Upstream segment explores and produces oil and gas: ships, trades, and markets natural gas,  liquefied natural gas, and liquified petroleum gas (LPG). It generates power as well as mines and markets coal.

The Refining & Chemicals segment refines and produces petrochemicals. It also offers sealing, insulation, fluid transfer, and transmission and transportation  solutions, as well as offers chemical processes and services for electronics, surface finishing, and semiconductor manufacturing. This segment is also involved in trading and shipping crude oil and petroleum products.

The Marketing & Services segment supplies and markets petroleum products, including automotive fuels, biofuels, home heating oil and heavy fuel oil, lubricants, LPG, asphalt, aviation fuel, additives and special fuels, and special fluids through service stations for light vehicles and trucks. Total is also engaged in renewable energies with concentration on solar and biomass.

The French behemoth employs over 100,000 people and produces sales over $200 billion annually.

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