Total in Indonesia


The CFP enters in the Indonesian upstream


the CFP is the second largest producer in this country

1980 and 1989

Petrofina also interested in Indonesia


Pertamina entrusts to Total the role of technical and commercial assistant for new gas export contracts

The Group is interested in Indonesia in the 1960s and specifically for the upstream. 


Since 1964

  • 1964, The CFP enters the Indonesian upstream through a signed contract that covers the region of Djambi, south of Sumatra.

  • 1969, Total takes 50% of a large, partially offshore permit in the Mahakam Strait northeast of Kalimantan (Borneo). At this time, the Indonesian upstream comes alive; Caltex has already discovered deposits in Minas, Duri, ...

Mission géophysique au nord de Sumatra, 1969, Max F Watung
Geophysical Mission North Sumatra, 1969, Max F Watung


  • 1971, Total Indonesia sells 30% of its Djambi and Tebo-Taluk permits to Sun Oil for exploitation.

  • In 1972, the CFP and its associate JAPEX found the Bekapai field. Southeast of Kalimantan, the SNPA takes 25% of a license operated by Ashland (Sekal), of which it will become operator, where the works will give nothing.

  • 1973, January 15th, creation of Elf Indonesia.

  • 1974, the field of Handil is discovered.

Vue aérienne des installations d’Handil, 1974, DR - Total
Aerial View of Handil Facilities, 1974, DR - Total
  • In 1975, the two deposits of Handil and Bekapai are put into production and the oil sold to Mitsubishi to begin. Exploration campaign on a new Irian Jaya license for Total.

Vue d'une plateforme sur le champ de Bekapaï, 1980, Philippe Charliat
View of a platform on the Bekapaï field, 1980, Philippe Charliat


  • From 1973 to 1982, the SNPA entered an offshore license in Irian Jaya, operated by Agip, from which it took 15%; but that does not help either. It will take some again in 1977 and 1978, then in 1982 in the Gulf of Kalimantan (Upper Kutei).

    1977, commissioning of the first liquefaction train of the Bontang plant, powered by the Badak field.

Mise en production de l'unité de Bontang : vue aérienne des installations, 1977, DR - Total
Production of Bontang Unit: Aerial View of Facilities, 1977, DR - Total
  • 1980, Petrofina takes an interest in an offshore concession in the Sarawak Basin. Total discovers the fields of Northern Tambora and Bunyu.

  • 1981, installation of the equipment allowing the exploitation of the associated gases of deposits of Bekapai and Handil.

  • 1983, Elf obtains the license of East Melawi. Total's LNG production increased from 214 to 252,000 tonnes thanks to the start-up of two liquefaction trains at Bontang. Total contributes related gas production from Handil and Bekapai and from the production of the Nilam and Badak deposits in which it has a stake.

  • In 1986, Total found serious oil evidence on the outer arc of the Mahakam Delta through the Sisi-1 well.

  • 1987, Total launches a first development of the Tambora and Tunu deposits.

Mise en production du gisement gazier de Tambora : installations, 1989, DR - TOTAL
Production of the Tambora gas field: facilities, 1989, DR - TOTAL
  • In 1988, the SNPA released the Ritan and Maruwai licenses, but took a permit in South Sumatra, before selling all its licenses in 1992. Total abandoned the Natuna and Sepasu licenses and entered on the Tengah permit up to 25% . Pertamina chooses to entrust Total with the role of technical and commercial assistant for the new gas export contracts. The Group also proposes a project to recover LPG from the gas entering the Bontang plant, which was launched at the end of 1986.

  • In 1989, Petrofina gets 40% in a concession in southeast Sumatra. Total enters the block of Lahat. Commissioning of the fifth liquefaction train Bontang.

  • 1990-1996, Total discovers the field of Semanlu then Peciko in 1991, then Stupa in 1996 ...

Démarrage de la production de gaz à Peciko, 1999, DR - Total
Start of gas production at Peciko, 1999, DR - Total


  • 1992, commissioning of a production pilot on the Tunu field.

  • 1995, Total acquires 30% interest in the Jambi B license.

  • 1996, discovery of gas and condensate at Stupa and discovery of Bungkal on the Jambi B license.

  • 1997, Total takes four new licenses, in East Kalimantan and Timor Sea. Gas discoveries at Jambi B (Rayun and Bungin).

  • 1998, Total sells its interests on the Tuban field.

  • 2001, Total obtains the Donggala block in deep offshore, located 75 km from the production facilities of the Tunu deposit.

  • 2006, a gas discovery, Tunu Great South-1, is made between the Tunu and Peciko fields on the Mahakam license.

  • In 2007, two new gas discoveries were made in the south of the Mahakam permit (50%, operator), located in the offshore area of ​​East Kalimantan.

  • 2008-2009, on the Peciko field, after the start of a new platform (phase 5) at the end of 2008, a new phase of well drilling (phase 7) began in 2009. Peciko produces 737 Mpc / day of gas in 2009. The oil discovery in 2008 launched a development study on the East Bekapai exploration well. The development of South Mahakam with the discoveries of Stupa, West Stupa and East Mandu is launched in early 2008 with a view to starting production in 2012. The Southeast Mahakam exploration block (50%, operator), located in the delta of the Mahakam, is the subject of a seismic acquisition campaign in 2008. On the field of Sisi-Nubi, put into production in November 2007, the drilling continues and gas production reached 396 Mpc / d in 2009. Sisi-Nubi gas is produced through Tunu's processing facilities.

Rig Soehanah opérant sur plateforme SWPS sur Sisi field, vu de la mer, 2014, Thierry Gonzalez
Rig Soehanah operating on SWPS platform on Sisi field, seen from the sea, 2014, Thierry Gonzalez
  • Lastly, in February 2009, together with its partner Inpex and the national company Pertamina, the Group signed a memorandum of understanding with a consortium of Japanese LNG buyers, providing for the main terms and conditions for the extension of sales contracts for 1973 and 1981 LNG. Under this agreement, the Bontang liquefaction plant is expected to deliver 25 Mt of LNG to Japan between 2011 and 2020. The gas will come from the Mahakam license.

  • 2011, several equity investments across the country: on the 1,500 square kilometer Coal Bed Methane (CBM) block in Kutai Timur, East Kalimantan Province, up to 50%; 100% in the South West Bird's Head exploration block. A block of 7,200 km2, in land and sea, in West Papua; on the deep offshore blocks of Sageri (50%), South Sageri (45%) and Sadang (30%); in South Mandar Block in southern Makassar Strait.

  • 2012, TOTAL acquires a 100% stake in the Bengkulu Exploration Block I - Mentawai in the Bengkulu Offshore Basin southwest of Sumatra in October. In October, the Group acquired a 100% interest in the Telen Exploration Block, located in the Kutai offshore basin in East Kalimantan Province. Preparatory work for the Anggrek Hitam 1 exploration well begins at the end of 2012.

  • In 2015, the Group divested its holdings in the two blocks of coal bed methane (CBM) located in the province of East Kalimantan, Kutai II (18.4%) and Kutai Timur (50%).

  • 2017, the Mahakam permit expires at the end of December. The Indonesian government decides to allocate 100% of the interest to Pertamina (operator) as of January 1st. The Group supplies most of its natural gas production to the Bontang liquefaction plant. These volumes of gas represent 80% of the supply of this plant.