Elf Aquitaine

French oil brand of TotalEnergies

Total S.A. is a French multinational integrated oil and gas company and one of the seven "Supermajor" oil companies in the world. Its businesses cover the entire oil and gas chain, from crude oil and natural gas exploration and production to power generation, transportation, refining, petroleum product marketing, and international crude oil and product trading.

Total S.A.
Company typePublic
IndustryOil and gas, Solar energy, Renewable energies
PredecessorMineralöl- und Asphaltwerke Edit this on Wikidata
Founded28 March 1924; 100 years ago (1924-03-28)
FounderErnest Mercier
Defunct2000 Edit this on Wikidata
SuccessorTotalEnergies Edit this on Wikidata
HeadquartersTour Total, Courbevoie, France
Area served
Key people
Patrick Pouyanné
(Chairman & CEO)
ProductsOil and gas exploration and production, natural gas and LNG trading and transportation, oil refining, chemicals, solar and biomass
ServicesFuel stations
RevenueDecrease US$127.9 billion (2016)[1]
Increase US$5.73 billion (2016)[1]
Increase US$6.196 billion (2016)[1]
Total assetsIncrease US$230.9 billion (2016)[1]
Total equityIncrease US$98.68 billion (2016)[1]
Number of employees
102,168 (2016)[1]

Total is also a large scale chemicals manufacturer. Total is a major player in low-carbon energies.

Total has its head office in the Tour Total in La Défense district in Courbevoie, west of Paris. The company is a component of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index.[2]

Elf Aquitaine was a French oil company. They merged with TotalFina to form TotalFinaElf. The new company changed its name to Total in 2003. The name Elf has been kept as a brand of Total.



Elf Aquitaine's came from three French oil companies: Régie Autonome des Pétroles (RAP), Société Nationale des Pétroles d'Aquitaine (SNPA), and Bureau de Recherches de Pétroles (BRP). The three companies were formed after the discovery of a gas field in Saint-Marcet in the Aquitaine region of south-western France. In December 1965 RAP and BRP merged to form Entreprise de Recherches et d'Activités Pétrolières (ERAP).

On April 28, 1967 the company's different brand names and products were combined under the Elf brand. Elf stood for Essence Lubricants France. In 1976 Elf-ERAP merged with Antar Pétroles de l'Atlantique and became Société Nationale Elf Aquitaine (SNEA). Later it became known as Elf Aquitaine. Elf Aquitaine was listed on the NYSE in 1991. In 2000 Elf Aquitaine merged with Total Fina to form TotalFinaElf. In 2003, the name was changed to Total.

Fraud scandal


The Elf scandal came to light in 1994 in France. According to The Guardian, it was 'the biggest fraud inquiry in Europe since the Second World War... Elf became a private bank for executives who spent £200 million on political favors, mistresses, jewellery, fine art, villas and apartments'.[3] Iraqi-born Nadhmi Auchi, received a 15-month suspended sentence and a £1.5m fine for his involvement taking illegal commissions.[4]


Renault RS10 Formula One car in 1979

From its beginnings, Elf used motor racing as a means of promotion. It had four-year deal with Matra starting in the French Formula 3 series. In 1969 the combination won the Formula One World Championship with Tyrrell and Jackie Stewart. By this time, Elf was owned by the French government. They began a new long-term relationship with Renault, which was also owned by the French government at the time. The Renault F1 racing cars carried Elf sponsorship until 2009. The Elf logos were replaced with Total logos.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Annual Report 2016". Total. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  2. "Euro Stoxx 50 | Index | 965814 | EU0009658145 | Börse Frankfurt (Frankfurt Stock Exchange)". Boerse-frankfurt.de. Archived from the original on 2019-02-08. Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  3. Cohen, Nick. "The Politics of Sleaze". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2007-12-16.
  4. Connett, David (2008-05-04). "Unwelcome publicity for oil giant in legal battle with billionaire". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2010-05-01.