Present in Saudi Arabia for almost 40 years, Total has developed a successful and mutually rewarding relationship with national oil company Saudi Aramco, notably in the downstream sector. Total began operating in Saudi Arabia when we signed a crude oil off-take agreement in 1974. We have had a representative office, now located in Al Khobar, in the country since 1978.

We entered the downstream sector in the Kingdom in 2007, when we took a 51% share in the SATLUB joint venture, which became Saudi Total Petroleum Products, and which manufactures and retails lubricants and specialty products.

In 2008, we signed a joint venture agreement with Saudi Aramco to create SATORP, which has developed a full-conversion refining and petrochemicals complex in Jubail. The refinery, which is now fully operational, has been designed to process up to 400,000 barrels per day of Arabian Heavy crude oil.

Refining & Chemicals

We have built a world-scale full conversion refining and petrochemicals complex in Jubail. In 2008, Total signed a joint venture agreement with Saudi Aramco to create SATORP, which has developed a full-conversion refining and petrochemicals complex in Jubail. The refinery, which is now fully operational, has been designed to process up to 400,000 barrels per day of Arabian Heavy crude oil. This makes it Total’s largest refinery and one of our most efficient in terms of crude oil conversion.

SATORP will ultimately provide 1,200 permanent jobs and five times as many indirect jobs.

Marketing & Services

Saudi Total Petroleum Products, a joint venture between Total (51%) and Zahid Group (49%), markets a wide range of lubricants and specialty products under the Total brand for the automotive, manufacturing and marine industries. Headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Total Petroleum Products has branch offices and warehouses in Riyadh, Dammam and Abha. 

The company produces lubricants from a state-of-the-art automated blending plant in King Abdullah Economic City. The facility came on stream in May 2013 with an initial production capacity of 25,000 metric tons of lubricants a year operating a single shift.

Total also has a base at Jeddah Airport, through the Petrostar Aviation joint venture, in which we have a 25% stake alongside a local Saudi partner.

New Energies

Total is supporting Saudi Arabia's efforts to diversify its energy mix through our affiliate SunPower, a global solar energy leader offering solutions unmatched in efficiency, reliability and performance. 

In 2010, SunPower installed a 2 MW rooftop photovoltaic system at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The solar plant, with 9,300 SunPower high efficiency solar panels, is the largest photovoltaic installation in Saudi Arabia to date.

Research & Development

Total is a member of the KAUST Industry Collaboration Program (KICP), a unique R&D partnership between the industrial sector and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

Total's CSR Initiatives in Saudi Arabia

Total is involved in a variety of corporate social responsibility initiatives. SATORP runs several educational programs, such as an apprenticeship scheme offering technical training to around 500 Saudi high school graduates and an international scholarship program leading to a master’s degree in engineering at the prestigious French Petroleum and New Energies Institute (IFPEN). The College Preparatory Program (CPP) invites gifted Saudi students to complete engineering and finance degrees at leading British, American and Saudi universities.

In 2013, SATLUB organized a Child Road Safety Campaign to teach road safety rules to children aged five to nine at 6 schools in Jeddah.

Key Figures

  • 40
    years of presence in Saudi Arabia
  • $9.6 billion
    spending on SATORP EPC contracts
  • 400,000b/d
    of heavy crude oil refining capacity at SATORP
  • 500hectares
    covered by SATORP units and facilities

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