Total in South Sudan


Total and Caltex distribute petroleum products at their service stations


First permits for CFP in Sudan.


Elf Aquitaine receives an exploration permit in Khartoum-Dongola


Total opens an office in Khartoum & in Juba

Total started an exploration phase from 1979 to 1981, then considers opening an affiliate to start exploration in 2006. But negotations have not been finalized yet.


Since 1962

  •  1962, Total and Caltex (Elf Aquitaine) distribute petroleum products at their service stations.

service station
 Balladyia petrol station in Khartoum, 1965, DR - Total
  • 1979, the CFP obtains permits in Sudan.

  • 1981, the CFP obtains two licenses in Sudan. Total Energie Développement signs an agreement with the Sudanese government and the BRGM to explore metal ores in this country.

Prospection sur l'île de Suakin
Prospecting on the island of Suakin © D. David
  • 1982, Elf Aquitaine receives an exploration permit in Khartoum-Dongola.

  • 1983, the association in which Total participates finds evidence of gold ores in Sudan.

  • 1985, Total starts a gold mining pilot at the Hassaï site (Red Sea Hills). Considering the security problems, Total abandons its activities in Sudan.

  • 1987, the pilot operation of Hassaï begins to produce gold, but the conditions of insecurity force Total to suspend the work.

  • 2004, Total, operator, with a 32.5% stake, updates its production sharing contract on block B (118,000 square kilometers in the south-east of the country).

  • 2005, Total opens an office in Khartoum and in 2006 an office in Juba, in the south of the country. Tenders to verify the presence of mines before works and to carry out 1,200 km of 2D seismic on the Jonglei basin are launched.

  • 2006, the company White Nile publicly claiming to have rights over the area subject to the mining title held by TOTAL and its associates, the Group takes legal action in a British court to protect its rights.

  • 2008, the Group has its rights confirmed on the exploration permit in the southern part, but no activities are undertaken.

  • 2009, under the Exploration and Production Sharing Agreement, Total pays the Government of Sudan nearly $ 200,000 for the annual surface royalty. The Group contributes approximately $ 3 million to local development, scholarships, school infrastructure and drinking water wells, along with non-governmental organizations and others. stakeholders in the country.

  • In 2011, in the Republic of South Sudan, Total holds an interest in Block B and negotiates with the country's authorities for the resumption of exploration activities in this area. Since the independence of the Republic of South Sudan on 9 July 2011, Total is no longer present in Sudan.