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To meet the growing global demand for energy while helping slow global warming, Total has made natural gas, the fossil fuel with the lowest emissions, a central part of its strategy. The Group aims to bring this energy of the future to its customers all over the planet by developing a consolidated, flexible and competitive liquefied natural gas (LNG) chain. 

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Laurent Vivier

LNG

Natural gas: the key to Total’s energy transition

  • 10
    %
    our market share in the LNG
  • An abundant fossil fuel that generates the lowest emissions, natural gas is part of the solution for a successful energy transition. Developing it is a central part of the Group’s carbon-neutrality strategy (Net Zero). In its efforts to fight climate change, Total is rolling out this energy of the future while taking steps to reduce the methane emissions from its production and transportation and positioning itself in green gas such as biogas and hydrogen. With over 34 million tons of LNG sold in 2019, the Group is focusing in particular on liquefied natural gas, which can be transported easily and routed right to the place it will be used. Total is the world’s number-two private LNG player, with a portfolio projected to reach nearly 50 million tons per year by 2025 and a market share of around 10%. 

Meeting with Laurent Vivier, Senior Vice President Gas

Deploying an assertive strategy in gas and LNG - Meeting with Laurent Vivier - Exploration & Production - Total

The strength of a consolidated LNG chain 

Total has made the pioneering choice of conducting and expanding its LNG operations, exercising control over the entire value chain, with a solid and diversified presence in all the major regions of extraction and marketing: from production, liquefaction, transport and trading to regasification via devices or floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs), development of the LNG sector for maritime transportation and sales to end customers. The resumption in 2018 of Engie’s LNG activities allowed the Group to increase its positions and boost this consolidated strategy, ensuring optimal valorization of the production and supply of natural gas.  

Rolling out a strategy aimed at flexibility and competitivity 

This model gives Total greater flexibility in redirecting LNG cargo and managing supply with its fleet of 20 methane carriers and its access to global regasification capacities - including 20 million tons per year in Europe. The Group can thus rapidly adapt to fluctuations in the demand, optimize commercial flows of LNG (from its production and liquefaction shares as well as purchases from third parties) and secure supply at competitive prices.  

Setting a course for rapid growth on the gas, LNG and electricity markets 

Operating in 15 liquefaction plants, Total continues to grow upstream in the LNG chain thanks to increased production at Yamal LNG (Russia) and Ichthys LNG (Australia), the start-up of Cameron LNG (US), the acquisition of assets (Toshiba America LNG) and the upcoming valorization of the resources of Arctic LNG 2, Mozambique LNG and Nigeria LNG Train 7. The Group is also increasing its trade in Asia with new long-term contracts. In developing countries, Total is expanding its FSRUs, which will allow them to more easily access natural gas to power their electricity plants. The Group is applying this LNG-to-Power strategy in several projects in Vietnam, Myanmar and the Ivory Coast, which are key to increasing the share of gas in the energy mix. Downstream, Total is increasing its low-carbon electricity generation capacity with the acquisition of new combined-cycle gas plants and electricity distribution to the end user. The Group is developing retail sales of LNG for industrial use and transportation, as well as a network of compressed natural gas stations. 

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