Start-up K5F gas production

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September 9, 2008

Total E&P Nederland B.V., a 100% subsidiary of Total S.A., today announces the production of the first gas from the K5F field, part of its gas development project in the K5a block of the Dutch Continental Shelf. The K5F field is located in block K5a approximately 115 kilometres northwest of Den Helder.

The K5F subsea production installation will be the first project in the world to use all-electrically activated subsea equipment (Xmas trees) as opposed to hydraulically operated standard technology. This step change in subsea technology will bring increased system reliability and enhanced environmental performance. Furthermore it will add to Total?s capability of bringing new production from deepwater fields, including frontier areas of the North Sea where Total continues its strategy of investment in exploration and production.

Total E&P Nederland B.V. is the Operator of the K5F field. Its partners are EBN, Dyas B.V., Goal Petroleum (Netherlands) B.V. and Lundin Netherlands B.V.

Production from the field began on 6 September 2008. Currently producing approximately 1.2 million Nm3/day (45 million standard cubic feet (MMSCF)/day), production is expected to ramp up to 2.5 million Nm3/day (90 MMSCF/day = 17,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day).

The development phase included the completion of two subsea wells, installation of a 10 kilometre long, 20 cm (8 inch) diameter subsea pipeline which is connected to the existing K6N satellite platform, and installation of an 18 kilometre subsea umbilical. The umbilical carries multiple utility and control lines, connecting the subsea installation to the K6 Central Complex gas treatment facility for control and monitoring. After treatment, the gas from the K6 field is transported onshore to Uithuizen (Groningen) through the NoordGasTransport pipeline. The K5F subsea production installation has capacity for 2 additional wells for potential future connections.

The K5F development together with the recent Goal Petroleum (Netherlands) B.V. acquisition strengthens the position of Total E&P Nederland B.V. as a major player in the Dutch exploration and production industry.

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