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Total Bets Its Future On Renewables And LNG

France’s oil and gas major Total is joining other European peers, aiming to reinvent itself into a broad energy company, and will be betting on profitably growing its liquefied natural gas (LNG) and renewable businesses.

Total plans to increase the energy it produces while decreasing its carbon footprint, the company said in its Strategy & Outlook this week. To reduce emissions and become a broad energy company, Total will grow its energy production by one third, with half the growth coming from LNG and half from electricity, mainly from renewables. The company will also scale up profitable investments in renewables and electricity from US$2 billion to US$3 billion per year, representing more than 20 percent of capital investments.

The French firm also confirmed its ambition, announced earlier this year, to get to net-zero by 2050.   

Last week, Total’s chief executive Patrick Pouyanné told French newspaper Le Parisien that the firm aims to be among the world’s top five producers of renewable energy. The company’s operations mix today is 55 percent oil, 40 percent gas, and less than 5 percent electricity from renewables, Pouyanné said, noting that in 2050, Total’s operations will be divided into 20 percent oil, 40 percent gas, and 40 percent renewable energy.

European oil majors have pledged various commitments to become net-zero energy companies and significantly expand their renewable energy, hydrogen, or power market portfolios.

BP said in its new strategy in August that it would reduce its oil and gas production by 40 percent by 2030 through active portfolio management and would not enter exploration in new countries.

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Equinor mandated its incoming chief executive Anders Opedal—who will replace retiring Eldar Sætre in November to accelerate Equinor’s transition from an oil company to a broad energy company.

Eni announced in June a “new business structure to be a leader in the energy transition,” creating an Energy Evolution division in the company to accelerate its plans to significantly boost renewable power generation and biofuels production. 

Shell said this week it is reorganizing for a low-carbon future, which would mean up to 9,000 job cuts by the end of 2022.

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

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  • Pekka Lehtikoski on October 02 2020 said:
    I am quite skeptical about changes that Total, BP, or Shell to do well in green energy. No matter what they do, they are the big oil and will not inspire the environment-conscious forward looking part of investors. And when they give up profits of today for some distant future dreaming, more conservative investors (used to the dependable dividend) will give up on them. Thus they will be limited by available capital and hammered at bord meeting for dropping profits. At least Shell has earned ---first to and only to go--- position for my December capital gain reduction sale. Cut dividend, fire 9000 workers, and invest in the green dream was a bit much for me. Luckily I do not have any BP stock.

    Amazon, Geronimo, Tesla, Cypress Creek, etc. flexible business capable of turning on top of a coin do inspire. They are not seen as part of the problem. These may rocket just by a brave believable long-term plan. And sustain the dream though the years needed to get to actually earning money. Amazon may be the strongest bet here, once Bezos gets over his middle-age crisis.
  • One Second on October 02 2020 said:
    Exxon bets his future on business as usual, which seems to be a far riskier strategy.

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