Total in Australia


First sells on the Australian market


CFP enters 2 exploration permits


Création of TOTAL BORAL


First oil discoveries


Petrofina enters new permits


Total enters 2 blocks of exploration


Production of gaz in Ichthys

We have been present in Australia for more than 50 years, in particular in exploration and production. We are also a partner in two major liquefied natural gas projects.


1955 - 1970

  • 1955, the PSC embodies an agreement made last year with Anglo United of Sydney to distribute 500,000 T / year on the Australian market.

  • 1962, the PSC enters two major exploration licenses in Australia, Queensland and South Australia associated with Santos and Delhi. Total Exploration Australia is created.

  • 1963, SNPA acquires a 50% interest in a company created with the Associated Group to conduct research in Queensland and the Northern Territory (SNPA operator).

  • 1968, Total-Boral is created for the operation of the Matraville refinery near Sydney.

refinery Matraville
  • 1970, the PSC conducts exploration work on Gidgealpa and Moomba (South Australia).

1971 - 1989

  • 1971 Elf discovers oil on the Tern 1 and Petrel 2 licenses in the Timor Sea.

  • Total, Santos and Delhi make a number of small discoveries (the PSC has 7.78% stake in Santos, which has 32% in the Cooper Basin operation).

  • April, the PSC signs an agreement with Union Corp., for a joint uranium exploration in Australia.

  • 1974, Elf, with Australian Aquitaine Petroleum, invests in the deposits of Delhi and Cooper (Australia). Elf finds oil on the Puffin 2 licenses in the Timor Sea and discovers lead and zinc deposits.

  • 1975, TCMN (Total Mining and Nuclear Company) explores in Australia.

  • 1976, Minatome launches several exploration campaigns, with encouraging results in Australia.

  • 1979, the Elf group gets new permits.

  • 1981, Petrofina takes an 80% stake in a permit in the sea of ​​Aratura. Elf discovers gas in the Cooper basin.

  • 1982, Petrofina enters as operator in a new concession in Australia (off the west coast). Elf discovers gas in the Timor Sea on the Tern 2 and Petrel 3 licenses. The PSC sells Ampol its refining and distribution assets in Australia.

  • 1984, Elf obtains new permits in Australia and discovers gas on Ballera 1 permits.

  • 1985, Elf discovers oil on the Kercumurra 1 and Baryulah 1 licenses and gas on the Challum 2 license.

  • 1986, Petrofina gives up the two remaining concessions in Australia. Elf Aquitaine Petroleum Australia is sold to the Australian company Hartogen Energy. Elf Aquitaine Australia & New Zealand sells its mining assets to Australian Venture Capital. Total acquires 25% of Golconda Minerals, which produces 650 kg of gold annually.

  • 1987, Total sells all its exploration-production assets in Australia. Petrofina acquires a 30% interest in a block near the Kingfish deposit, and is the operator.

  • 1988, Elf withdraws from the AC / P1 license after the negative Delta1 drilling, but discovers oil on Skua3 in the Timor Sea and gas on the NT / P28 permit.

  • 1989, Elf Aquitaine sells its oil interests in Australia to Santos.

1990 - 1997

  • 1990, Petrofina enters new licenses in Australia.

  • 1993, Petrofina sells its interests in two offshore concessions that the Group had in Australia.

  • 1997, Elf enters a permit at sea in Timor.

1998 - 2019

  •  2000, BostikFindley acquires ASA's Powder Adhesives business in Australia and takes over Laral Leman, which produces original bonding and quick-fastening systems.

  • 2005, Total enters two deep offshore exploration blocks in northwestern Australia (30% of WA-269-P exploration block and 50% of WA-297-P exploration block) ).

  • 2006, Total takes a 24% stake in the LNG project Ichthys in partnership with INPEX.

  • January 2007, TOTAL acquires an 80% stake in the deep horizons of the AC / P-37 block, of which it is operator.

  • 2010, Total takes a 27,5% stake in GLNG in partnership with Santos, Petronas and Kogas

  • 2012, Total's participation in the Ichthys project increases to 30%.

  • 2015, First LNG tanker load departed 16 Oct 2015.

  • July 27, 2018, gas production starts on the Ichthys site. Offshore facilities consist of the development of subsea wells connected to a gas treatment unit (CPF) and a floating unit for the production, storage and discharge of condensates (FPSO). The onshore liquefaction plant comprises two liquefaction trains with a combined capacity of 8.9 million tonnes per year and dedicated facilities for the extraction and export of LPG and condensates.