TotalEnergies supports the State and EDF in the EPR2 project in Gravelines – 06/02/2023 at 11:24

(AOF) – TotalEnergies is supporting the State and EDF in this project that will bring jobs and a future for Dunkirk, and for the achievement of the national carbon neutrality objectives in 2050. Thus, TotalEnergies will proceed with the restitution of the land it occupies in Gravelines to enable the future installation of EDF’s EPR2 reactors. In February 2022, the French Government announced its desire to relaunch a nuclear development program in France as part of the energy transition, which notably provides for the construction of new EPR 2 type reactors.

In accordance with the State’s desire to build these new reactors on existing nuclear sites, EDF proposed the Gravelines site to the public authorities, who accepted this proposal.

The land in question, adjoining the EDF site in Gravelines, is partly occupied by TotalEnergies and attached to its Mardyck depot. It is currently used to store 600,000 m3 of strategic diesel stocks.

In order to adapt to the drop in activity linked to this restitution, TotalEnergies will launch a local consultation with the staff representative bodies in order to draw the consequences for the activities of the TotalEnergies platform in Dunkirk and to support, on the voluntary basis, transfers to EDF.


Key points

– Integrated energy group, 3rd world oil company, 2nd gas company and world number in solar with Sun Power;

– Activity of $141 billion organized into 4 branches: 45% for marketing & services (distribution networks, etc.), 40% in refining & chemicals, 11% in renewables, gas and electricity, then exploration- production ;

– Economic model of transformation in ten years into a multi-energy group, producer of oil & LNG (liquefied natural gas), renewable energies & electricity and hydrogen & biomass;

– Open capital (6.4% held by employees), the 12-member Board of Directors being chaired by Patrick Pouyanné, also Chief Executive Officer;

– Solid balance sheet: debt ratio of 7% and return on equity of 32%.


– 2020-2030 strategy + energy, – emissions:

– change in the distribution of sales -30% petroleum products, 50% gas, 15% electricity and 5% biomass and hydrogen,

– discipline in investments -$13 to $15 billion per year over 2022-2025, of which 50% allocated to renewables and electricity and 50% to natural gas;

– Innovation strategy led by One Tech, endowed with $850 million for 18 R&D centers:

– 3 hubs: industrial, development and support,

– 5 programs: production, CO2 and sustainability, operational efficiency of upstream, downstream & polymers, fuel and lubricants,

– a digital factory to generate $1.5 billion in savings by 2025;

– Environmental Strategy 2050:

– carbon neutrality for the group’s operations and products sold in Europe, reduction of 60% or more in the carbon intensity of products used outside Europe;

– 4 axes: growth in the gas value chains (natural, biogas and hydrogen), in low-carbon electricity (annual budget of $1.5 to 2 billion), in low breakeven oil, in biofuels , in activities contributing to carbon neutrality (natural wells, forests, etc.),

– solar and renewables: production capacity of 25 Gw by 2025,

– carbon fund endowed with $400 million to be invested by 2025;

– In renewables & electricity, capacity portfolio of 35 GW by 2025, including +20 GW secured by long-term purchase contracts;

– Acceleration of the energy transition with equity investments in 2 Qatari and Indian projects (solar, LNG and hydrogen) and in Clearway, 5th American in renewables, 29% of industrial investments going to low-carbon energies;

– Industrial excellence in oil production with a breakeven point of -20 $/b, with numerous projects in progress (Nigeria) and 4 discoveries (Brazil, Cyprus, Namidia and Surinam).


– Sensitivity to the price of a barrel of oil and to the dollar, a variation of $0.1 having an impact of $100 million on operating profit, a variation of $10 per barrel having an impact of $2.7 billion;

– Russia-Ukraine war: impairment of €4.1 billion on the stake in the Russian company Novatek;

– Prospects for 2023 of a 2% increase in hydrocarbon production, driven by the start-up of the Omani, Brazilian and Azerbaijani fields, by advances in LNG (2 new terminals in Europe) and by a 30% increase in the production of renewable electricity, all supported by $16 to $18 billion in investments;

– Total dividend for 2022 of €2.81, i.e. a payment of €0.74 for the last installment, forecast of 3 installments in 2023 for an amount of €0.74 and confirmation of share buybacks for $2 billion at 1st quarter, triggered according to the formula 40% of the cash flow generated by hydrocarbon prices above $60 per barrel.

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