TOTAL’S NEWS SCHOLARSHIPS No.14 T O T A L ’ S S C H O L A R S H I P P R O G R A M October 2009 EDITORIAL March 2009: Visit to European Union Institutions in Brussels Dear All, On March 29 and 30, Total’s scholarship students visited European Union institutions, including Most of you will already have the Commission and the Parliament, in Brussels. The day began with an instructive and interesting graduated and be back in briefing by E.U. representatives on the E.U.’s challenges and issues, organization and procedures. your home country when you This was followed by a visit to the Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History, receive this issue of the giving the students insight into why, after so many wars, the European Union was created to newsletter. I hope that these promote peace among its member states. The trip also included a tour of the famous Atomium, of a typical traditional Belgian chocolate factory and of the city itself. As one of the participants wonderful pictures from said, the Brussels trip was an eye-opener! Brussels and Lyon will bring back good memories of your stay in France. This year, we welcome 98 new scholars — who are already in France or expected soon — to start their studies. The International Scholarship Program is doing well. Our network of ambassadors is in place, and I was delighted to hear that some of them traveled this summer to meet with ambassadors in other countries — proof that the ambassadors and the network are effective. To those of you who are back Total Scholars, 2008-2009 home, I wish you all the best for your future and I hope we keep in touch. And to those of you who have just arrived, I wish all the best in your studies and hope that you enjoy them and your experiences here. I’d especially like to congratulate Deviana Octavira and Septian Hario Seto, who met through the program and were married of October 14! Veronique Mignonac Head of International Scholarship Partnerships Department Parc du Cinquentenaire, Brussels Dinner in Brussels > TOTAL’S NEWS No.14 October 2009 SCHOLARSHIPS T O TA L’ S S C H O L A R S H I P P R O G R A M SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Tour of Total’s Feyzin Refinery in April With the collaboration of Frédérique Galimant, Communications Manager, Total organized a tour of the Feyzin refinery and research center in Lyon, France, on April 24 and 25. The students learned about how the refinery operates from Jean-Pierre Poncin, General Manager, and Raphaël Duflos, Tripode Control Room Manager. The visit consisted of a tour of the refinery with a strategic stop-off in the control room and later, a chance to discover Lyon and the surrounding region, with a cruise on the Rhône River. Cruise on the Rhône River Central Lyon > PROGRAM AMBASSADORS In the previous issue of Total’s Scholarship News, we announced that several former scholars had been appointed ambassadors for the scholarship program. We are pleased to introduce a new ambassador, and we extend our sincere congratulations to him: • From Bolivia, Carlos Augusto Rojas Mendizábal earned a master’s degree in Développement et Exploitation des Gisements (DEG) from the IFP School in 2008. TOTAL’S NEWS No.14 October 2009 SCHOLARSHIPS T O TA L’ S S C H O L A R S H I P P R O G R A M FROM OUR PARTNER SCHOOLS IN FRANCE ESC Lille School of Management (campuses in Lille and Paris)/CERAM Business School (campuses in Sophia Antipolis and Paris): Master’s of Science in Project and Program Management & Business Development, accredited by France’s Conférence des Grandes Ecoles, the U.S.-based Project Management Institute (GACPM), the Association for Project Management (APM) and the Project Management Association of Japan (PMAJ). The objective of the Third, its curriculum is organized around project manage- M.Sc./M.S. program ment discipline and practice based on professionally- is to facilitate the recognized standards and advanced courses incorporat- dynamic development of participants' managerial and ing leading-edge research-based developments in the entrepreneurial competencies, allowing them to enlarge field. The focus is on project, program and portfolio and broaden their expertise and to manage and management at the process, people, and organizational lead complex projects in international, multicultural levels. Combining excellent academic and professional environments. standards, the program includes preparation for the main The program — which is taught in English on the Paris professional project management, Islamic finance and campus and in French on the Lille Campus — offers three cost engineering certifications. main features. Scholars like Sahar Khoshirat and Shadi Goodarzi develop First, it is a work-study international M.Sc. program, taught their knowledge and practice by working on real projects by leading experts and academics, that alternates a one- during their internships and while completing their theses. week course/module every month with a three-week They assist project and program managers, develop and internship. apply specific project management tools, techniques and Second, it encourages personal and professional develop- methodologies, and research project management best ment through multicultural seminars bringing together practices and project-oriented organizations. people from as many as 25 different countries, including Algeria, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Professor Christophe N. Bredillet Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Greece, India, Iran, Dean, Postgraduate Programs Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Professor Claire Dray Norway, Qatar, South Korea, South Africa, Tunisia, the Director of the M.Sc. in Project and Program United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United Management & Business Development States. Ecole des Mines de Paris Graduation Ceremony in February On February 20, the graduation ceremony for the post-master’s degree programs in International Energy Management and International Environmental Management was held at the school in Paris. Both programs offer an advanced curriculum designed by the Ecole des Mines de Paris, the INSA Lyon engineering school, and China’s prestigious Tsinghua University. Jiachen Su, a Total scholarship recipient who also spent six month’s as an intern at Total (China) E&P Ventures, represented the 12 Chinese students in the programs and was awarded a post-master’s degree, as were seven other students from France and Poland. Total has been a major sponsor since the start of programs and intends to continue supporting this particular education and recruitment channel. Jiachen Su, advanced Master’s in Energy System Management, Higher School of Mining Engineering (ENSMP – campuses in Sophia- Antipolis and Paris), and Mila Ranvial. TOTAL’S NEWS No.14 October 2009 SCHOLARSHIPS T O TA L’ S S C H O L A R S H I P P R O G R A M Student Testimonials Mónica Burgos Egido – Bolivia Développement et Exploitation des Gisements (DEG), IFP School (2007-2008) When I started planning my studies in streets, or enjoying wine and foie gras, adapt and fit in. I worked in an Europe, I could not have imagined you feel as though you are learning environment where every colleague being awarded a Total scholarship to something valuable every day. The has a different nationality, but the study in Paris. Although my initial fears French language is extremely same values in the end. In these seemed overwhelming — the new important, not just to communicate, countries, business is not just environment, the language, being but also to learn all this country has to business: you deal with people in a away from home — they offer, from history to fraternal way regardless of the were outweighed by the traditions. context. I got to know the incredible motivation I felt, which was At the end of my studies deserts and oases of Dubai, Al Ain, soon reinforced by the at IFP, Total gave me the and Sharjah, as well as the luxury and school. The IFP staff made opportunity for an intern- innovation of the world’s most sure our arrival was as ship in Abu Dhabi, in the advanced architecture! smooth as possible, engag- United Arab Emirates. So, from the art and history of Paris ing all the students in What a surprise that was! treasures to the natural beauty and multicultural activities to It was my second hospitality of Abu Dhabi, these months make acquaintances and complete change of have provided me not only with share the new experience environment and culture, professional grounding of the highest together. The intense pace and I could not wait. I got quality and reputation, but also a of the academic program, to travel to a country that once-in-a-lifetime experience that has combined with all the is still young in history, but marked my personality and heart for projects and study trips, developing incredibly fast life. allowed me to get the with the resources from As well, I was given the opportunity to most from the school’s their record-breaking oil share my own country’s richness, schedule by immediately applying and gas production. something I am passionate about. The everything I learned in the classroom. I arrived during Ramadan and Total team has supported me At the same time, I discovered that life experienced close up the religious constantly, offering me assistance and in Europe is not just about work. traditions and the importance of faith friendship every step of the way. And I People have the capacity to enjoy a in a Muslim country. Although it was a know I will never lose touch with the quality life by taking pleasure in daily little hard getting used to the social many wonderful people that I have delights. Whether it is visiting well- regulations, foreigners are not encountered during my journey. known monuments, discovering hidden radically limited, so it was easy to Arryn Dwi Zalsa – M.Sc. in Supply Chain Management, Institute for The Total Scholarship Supply Chain Excellence (ISLI), Bordeaux School of Management (2007-2009) Program Builds It was almost two years grounds and cultures is such Friends and Associates ago that I received a letter an invaluable experience. Across Borders from Total confirming a I also benefit greatly from scholarship to pursue a the internship program, Joseph Ogunsola, the Nigerian master’s degree in France. experiencing international ambassador for our program, Continuously enriching myself work exposure in a distrib- met two other scholars, Abdelrahman with value-adding investment ution network centralization Al-Massabi and Mohammed Al-Qasimi, such as a master’s degree project for an oil service is one of my passions, and company in Bucharest. The during an assignment in Abu Dhabi, having a chance to achieve opportunity that Total has the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.). it abroad early in my career given to me to study in is something remarkably France has opened many valuable. doors for me. Not only to achieve an Feeling challenged by the dynamics academic degree or participate in a of supply chain management in a European student competition, but also flattening world and a globalized to enjoy an international atmosphere business network with the recent while experiencing local life in France. boom of goods flowing from Asia to Even though it was not easy to adapt Europe, I decided to take a master’s to a totally new environment, degree in Supply Chain Management. especially when I didn’t speak the The Institute for Supply Chain language, abundant help from others Excellence at the Bordeaux School of is always there. Total also supported Management provided me a very us through personalized, responsive compact course led by highly assistance, making the adaptation qualified professors, balanced with and settling-in process much easier. teamwork projects, seminars, busi- Now, I have completed my studies, ness games and simulations. Working and new challenges — competing with people of highly diverse back- and contributing — lie ahead. TOTAL’S NEWS No.14 October 2009 SCHOLARSHIPS T O TA L’ S S C H O L A R S H I P P R O G R A M RECENT MAJOR EVENTS AT TOTAL Thailand: Greater Bongkot South gas sales agreement signed Total and the partners of the Bongkot joint venture announced that a Gas Sales Agreement has been signed with PTT covering all gas production from the Greater Bongkot South (GBS) field in the Gulf of Thailand. The joint venture is operated by PTTEP (44.45%), alongside partners Total (33.33%) and BG Group (22.22%). Total is also active in power generation in Thailand and holds a 28% interest of Eastern Power and Electric Company Ltd (EPEC). EPEC has been operating the 350 MW Bang Bo combined cycle power plant since 2003. Angola: Startup of production of the Tombua and Landana fields Total announced that the Chevron-operated Tombua and Landana fields, located 80 kilometers offshore Angola, started crude oil production on August 19. Total owns a 20% interest in the fields. Located in Block 14, the fields are expected to achieve peak production of 100,000 barrels per day in 2011. Their combined recoverable resources are estimated at 350 million barrels. United Kingdom: Total acquires stake in Tobermory discovery Total announced that its affiliate, Total E&P UK Limited (Total E&P UK), has entered into agreements with Mobil North Sea LLC, Marathon Oil U.K., Ltd. and Anadarko North Sea Holding Company Limited to acquire a 43.75% stake in UK License No. P967, which includes the Tobermory discovery. Total E&P UK will become the operator of the license. The Tobermory gas reservoir was discovered in 1999 by well 214/4-1. It is located in 1,600 meters of water depth and situated 175 kilometers northwest of the Shetland Isles. Bolivia: Total files declaration of commerciality for the Itau field Total announced that it has filed a declaration of commerciality with the Bolivian authorities for the Itau gas field. Itau was discovered in 1999 in Block XX Tarija West and is operated by Total with 75% equity. In 2008, Total, Gazprom and Yacimentos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) signed a cooperation agreement to create a “mixed company” to explore the 4,764-square-kilometer Azero block. Total and Gazprom will be equal partners in the mixed company. The Netherlands: Total exercises its pre-emptive rights over the Vlissingen refinery shares offered for sale by Dow Chemical (45%) and receives a binding offer from Lukoil Total, the majority shareholder (55%) of the Vlissingen refinery, exercised its pre-emptive rights over the shares (45%) of this asset that were offered for sale by Dow Chemical. Concurrently, Lukoil submitted to Total a binding purchase offer for these shares (45%), which constitutes the development of a new partnership between the two companies. Russian crude oil, for which Lukoil is one of the major suppliers, represents one of the main sources of the Vlissingen refinery. More broadly, this type of crude oil represents a significant portion for the supply of Total’s European refineries. Saudi Aramco and Total award EPC contracts for the Jubail Export Refinery Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Company (SATORP) finalized the awarding plan for Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts that constitute the thirteen different process packages of their Jubail joint venture refinery, following a meeting of the SATORP Board of Directors. The award of these contracts marks an important step in the execution of this 400,000 barrel per day world-class, full- conversion refinery in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, which is expected to be fully operational by the second half of 2013. When completed, the export refinery will be one of the most advanced refineries in the world and will process Arabian Heavy crude into products compliant with the most stringent specifications, to meet rising demand for environmentally-friendly fuels. A portion of the refinery’s production will be consumed locally to meet spikes in domestic demand. In-Kingdom refineries, such as the Jubail joint venture, are advantageously located to effectively and efficiently supply both international and domestic demand. HUMAN RESOURCES Learning/Education/University Division – International Scholarship Partnerships Véronique Jean-Pierre Mila Christine Mignonac Villeléger Ranvial Tiefenbach +33 (0)1 47 44 42 08 +33 (0)1 47 44 78 68 +33 (0)1 47 44 58 86 +33 (0)1 47 44 71 88 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com This newsletter is coordinated by Mila Ranvial.