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TOTAL

Total is a worldwide global energy group, one of the principal international oil and gas companies, and ranked 2nd in the world for solar power with SunPower. Its 100 000 employees are committed in supplying safer, cleaner, more efficient and more innovative energy accessible to as many people as possible. With operations in more than 130 countries, Total takes all steps to ensure that its activities consistently deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.

Centre Scientifique et Technique Jean Féger

In order to achieve the objectives that Total makes in Exploration-Production, the Centre Scientifique et Technique Jean Féger, better known as CSTJF, located in the heart of the town of Pau, represents a centre of technological excellence grouping together on the same site, scientific expertise and the study facilities of Total’s Exploration-Production (EP). The leading-edge technology of its laboratories, its HPC big-data computing power (Pangea supercomputer launched in 2013 with an original computing power of 2,3 petaflops, which in 2016 was boosted to 6,7 petaflops and to an increased storage capacity of 26 petabytes) make CSTJF an R&D centre and a pole of integrated competences renowned throughout the world, at the service of branches of EP operating all over the globe.

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2 900 EMPLOYEES
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40 NATIONALITIES
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3 500 OPERATIONS FOR 1 250 SITES ABROAD
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5 000M2 OF LABORATORIES
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50 000 PROFESSIONAL VISITORS EACH YEAR
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700 PARTNERSHIPS IN R&D

Its principal fields of activity of Exploration/production

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GEOSCIENCES
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DRILLING AND WELLS
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PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES
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RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
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STUDIES AND SUPPORT FOR OPERATIONAL SUBSIDIARIES

In January 2016 TOTAL launched work on the construction
of a Physical rock Measurements Centre at Artigueloutan

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Construction work of the Physical rock Measurements Centre has started on land acquired by Total and located at Artigueloutan, a small town within the Pau-Pyrenees Agglomeration Community.

The construction of this centre has three main objectives
  ● To create a state-of-the-art tool allowing the optimisation of the reliability of data sets acquired in oil wells and mine shafts, and thus gain in efficiency
  ● To reduce the cost of data acquirement through access to « master » measurement standards and to tools of more simple use.
  ● To offer in-the-field training to the Group’s young geologists and reservoir engineers, in addition to their theoretical training

Through this choice of location, the Total Group, as part of its activities of research, studies, expertise and training, fosters the emergence of a competitive cutting-edge industrial fabric near to the CSTJF, able to respond to the challenges of the future of the oil, mining and geotechnical industries. In this way it participates in the strengthening of the technological attractivity and in the development of skilled employment in Béarn.

The Exploration-Production branch of the TOTAL group, established in Béarn since the beginning of the 1950s , thus continues to participate in the development of geosciences expertise activities as part of the studies carried out at Total’s Centre Scientifique et Technique Jean Féger, located at Pau.