Total in Nigeria


Creation of Total Oil Products Nigeria


The BRP creates SAFREP


Different discoveries of Elf


TotalFinaElf discovers Akpo and launches the Amenam/Kpono project


First gas station working with solar power

Total entered the country in 1956 with the creation of Total Oil Products Nigeria for the distribution of petroleum products. Initially the idea was to build a deposit in Lagos, because the CFDPA had to make agreements with international distributors (especially Shell) to serve a part of Chad, Dahomey and Niger. Elf Aquitaine focused on exploration in 1961. Thus, the Group will continue to develop in the country both upstream and downstream.


1956 - 1967

  • 1956, Total creates Total Oil Products Nigeria and begins the construction of a warehouse in Lagos.

Advertisment for a Total gas station in Nigeria
Advertisment for a Total gas station in Nigeria. DR TOTAL


  • 1961, BRP (Elf) creates SAFREP for exploration in Nigeria.

  • 1964, the African Oil Exploration Society (SAFREX), which followed SAFREP, makes its first oil discovery in Obagi.

  • 1965, Elf discovers the Upomani deposit

  • 1966, Elf discovers the Obodo deposit and put Obagi into production.

  • 1967, Elf discovers the deposits of Okpoko, Yabumé and Anambra River.

1968 - 1998

  • 1985, the Group sells 1497 KT per year, including 946 in the network, and owns nearly three hundred outlets at very high unit throughput.

  • 1986, Elf-Aquitaine obtains four licences in the Gulf of Niger Delta.

  • 1989, Elf discovers the deposits of Akamba and Ofon. That same year the Natural Gas Liquefaction Company is formed around the national company NNPC. Elf participates with Shell and AGIP.

  • 1990, Elf discovers the Amenam deposit.

  • 1992, Elf discovers the Seibou deposit.

  • 1994, Total discovers the small field of South Okwori.

  • 1995, Elf is associated with the discovery of Bonga

  • 1996, Elf launches the Obite project, which involves recovering associated gas from the Obagi field to power the Bonny liquefaction plant.

Gas plan in Bonny
Gas plan in Bonny. © Coulon Gilles - TOTAL
  • 1998, the government asks Total to lead the rehabilitation of the Kaduna refinery.


1999 - 2019

  • 2000, TotalFinaElf discovers Akpo and launches the Amenam/Kpono project.

Picture of the project team AKOGEP (Amenam Kpono Oil and Gas Export Project)
Picture of the project team AKOGEP (Amenam Kpono Oil and Gas Export Project).  © Zylberman Laurent - Total 


  • 2001, the Group discovers the Bonga South West deposit.

  • 2004, Total discovers hydrocarbons in the western area of the Usan deposit, under the OPL 222 Deep Water Exploration Licence.

  • 2012, TOTAL kicks off offshore production at Usan in February