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In order to identify in advance the disruptive technologies of the future, we have organized and developed seven Research & Development programs. Focused around themes that are of strategical importance for the Group's competitiveness, these programs are deployed across our regional centers of R&D excellence, including the Centre Technique et Scientifique Jean-Féger (CSTJF) in Pau, France, and Total Research Center Qatar (TRC-Q). New means of geophysical acquisition, the processing of data to obtain subsoil images that are as realistic as possible, the enhancement of reservoir modeling and simulation tools and the development of improved recovery technologies are an integral part of everyday life of our 300 researchers to develop even more advanced knowledge in the Oil & Gas industry.

Collaborator handling a flask, Technical Center for Asia Pacific. Mumbai, India - Exploration Production - Total

R&D - The driving force behind Total’s competitiveness

Our R&D strategy is based on anticipation, the selectivity of research projects, partnerships with the most prominent actors and rapid implementation of operational pilots.

Deep Offshore and Next-Generation Facilities

Reinforcing our deepwater leadership and extending it to the ultra-deep offshore


Gas Solutions & Sustainable Development

Innovative, economical solutions for responsible energy


Frontier Exploration

Reconsidering and expanding our exploration acreage


Earth Imaging

A head start on exploration in complex, high-potential areas


Field Reservoir

Lower costs for maximizing reserves and recovery from our fields

Unconventionals - Research & Development Program - Exploration Production - Total


Producing shale oil and shale gas more efficiently


More profitable wells with ongoing safety improvements