Total S.A. of France, focused on oil and natural gas exploration and development, maintains its headquarters in Courbevoie, near Paris. The company operates in some 130 nations of the world, in competition with other multinational energy giants such as Exxon Mobil Corporation and Royal Dutch Shell pc. Its multi-pronged approach includes upstream discovery expeditions and the downstream operations of refining, marketing, and global shipping. Side industries include power generation, coal mining, and the production of fertilizers, petrochemical products, and resins, among others.
The company recently announced that it had won 10 exploration licenses in Brazil, located in the Foz do Amazonas, Espirito Santo, Ceara, and Barreirinhas basins. Total S.A. had other good news in 2013, as the Offshore Technology Conference presented the firm with an OTC Distinguished Achievement Award for Companies. This is the second OTC award for Total in the past decade.