Active in Japan since 1953, Total opened its first office in 1957 in Tokyo. Our partnerships with Japanese companies include oil and gas exploration & production, natural gas supply, manufacturing of chemical products and sales of solar panels and high-tech lubricants.

Partnering abroad in Exploration & Production

We are partnering with Japanese companies all over the world (Indonesia, Australia, Qatar, Angola, Italy, Abu Dhabi, Kazakhstan …) to develop and operate Oil and Gas exploration and production licenses and Gas liquefaction plants.

Total and Inpex are notably teaming up to develop the Ichthys gas and condensate field, located off the shores of northwestern Australia, with start of production stated for 2017.

Stable supply of Liquefied Natural Gas

We market Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Japan’s top gas companies and electric utilities, through our interests in LNG plants worldwide. Our affiliate Total Gas & Power Ltd. also supply Japan through direct sales of LNG, sourced from its global asset portfolio.

In addition to Gas, we sell crude oil to Japanese refiners, as well as naphtha (a distillation product), fuel oil, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and condensate (a type of light oil).

World’s Highest Efficiency Solar Energy

We are actively involved in Photovoltaic Solar energy in Japan, through our 65% interest in SunPower, the world’s second-largest solar energy company (based on 2013 revenue). 

SunPower distributes in Japan its high-efficiency "Maxeon Solar by SunPower Corporation" solar panels since 2010 and is very active in the residential market through supply agreements with leading Japanese consumer electronics companies. Sunpower is also expanding its activities in the commercial and industrial market and is studying solar power plants projects, not only as a panel supplier but also as a co-development partner.

SunPower was notably chosen as the main panel supplier (69 MW out of 185 MW) for one of Japan's biggest solar power plants, Eurus Rokkasho Solar Park located in Aomori Prefecture. It is also supplying solar panels for another  project, the 27 MW Eurus Toyokoro Solar Park located in Hokkaido Prefecture. Both are in operation since 2015.

High technology Batteries

Total 100% affiliate Saft is the world's leading designer and manufacturer of advanced-technology batteries for industry. Their office in Tokyo, Saft K.K, was established in 2016 but products have been delivered to Japan since 1988 for a wide range of applications: aviation, transportation (including Tokyo Metro and JR Lines), aerospace, data centers, AED, utility metering, renewable energies projects...   

A wide range of Lubricants

Our affiliate Total Lubricants Japan K.K. offers lubricants to the Japanese automotive market, both to consumers and leading carmakers. We also market auto racing products, motorcycle oils, special fuels and special fluids for industrial applications.

Total business unit Lubmarine partners with a top Japanese refiner to supply marine lubricants to ships calling into Japanese ports and to Japanese ships in ports all over the world.

Fuel for Aviation

Air Total, our aviation fuel affiliate, supplies leading Japanese passenger and cargo airlines at several major airports, including Paris Charles de Gaulle in France. We also supply customers with fuel at Japanese airports (spot sales and charters) through a long-standing partnership with a Japanese company.

Innovative Chemicals

Our specialty chemicals affiliates also operate in Japan. Hutchinson, world leader in rubber and thermoplastic elastomer and polymer has also an office in Tokyo to work closely with Japanese automakers and obtain qualifications of its products.

The joint venture Hanwha Total, created with the Korean company Hanwha, has also a branch office in Tokyo and distributes petrochemical products in Japan.

Key Figures

  • 1957
    1st office in Japan
  • 85
    collaborators in Japan
  • 30 %
    interest in the Ichthys LNG project with INPEX
  • 800MW
    PV solar capacity supplied by SunPower since 2010

Source: Total Group in Japan

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