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Total Egypt Injects EGP 45 Million in the Lubricants Market

Total unveiled investment plans for its world-class lubricant blending plant in Borg El Arab, Alexandria, consolidating its long-term presence in Egypt. The plan includes an ambitious strategy, initiated in 2015, whereby Total is injecting EGP 45 million to expand the plant's production capacity to cater to both local as well as export market needs.

"Egypt is a cornerstone of our regional investment strategy in the region and we aim to continuously expand our activities here,” said Ian Lepetit, Total Egypt Managing Director. “Our blending facility in Borg El Arab is one of the most advanced in Africa and the Middle East. We currently produce up to 50,000 tons of over 280 lubricant products; our recent expansion raises capacity to up to 90,000 tons per year in two work shifts. This will enable us to better serve our strong base of local retail and industrial customers, and will help raise export volumes thereby bolstering foreign currency inflows. Currently we export 25% of production to markets in Africa and the Middle East including Lebanon, Uganda, Ethiopia, Madagascar, and Zambia. We plan to increase the export capacity to 40% and add other key export markets.”

Inaugurated in November 2012, Total Egypt’s blending plant in Borg El Arab OPSBA is a stock company with 65% owned by Total and 35% owned by Oilibya as a minority shareholder. The plant spans an area of 35,000 m2 with an investment value estimated at US$ 15 million. The plant has more than 100 employees including operators, technicians, engineers, chemists and heads of departments and functions.

"Our plant relies on cutting-edge blending and filling techniques coupled with advanced control tools and equipment that fit the production requirements for diverse customer needs," said Mohamed El Masry, Lubricants Operations Manager.

"We have over 90 formulas that go into the production of over 280 final products catering to various customers. Our products include Total Quartz, our upscale gasoline range, Total Rubia, our diesel engine range, in addition to manual and automatic transmission fluids, hydraulics and brake fluids, coolants, greases and industrial products (metal work and textile range) for our retail, industrial and cross-category markets. We have 6,500 m3 storage capacity for bulk raw materials with a future expansion capacity of 3,500 m3, and 3,300 tons storage capacity for packed products. All our facilities and production processes adhere to the highest global standards. The plant is ISO certified; ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), OHSAS 18001 & ISO 14001 (Health, Safety & Environment Management System)."

Total is a worldwide and global energy group, one of the first international oil and gas companies, n°2 in solar energy worldwide. Its 100 000 employees contribute to the Group’s mission: commit to better energy, a safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative energy, affordable for most people. Present in more than 130 countries, Total does everything it can to make its activities bring about positive outcomes in the economic, social and environmental spheres.

Total puts in place ambitious exploration campaigns and permanently carries on its efforts to increase production oil fields’ reserves in order to prepare a sustainable energy future in Africa. Innovating to mobilize new resources and transferring our know-how to young generations are our priorities for unveiling and developing the unique potential of this continent. Besides, the Group is the first distributor of oil products (petroleum, lubricants, bitumens, GPL, etc) on the continent.

Thanks to its historical roots, the excellence of its products and services, or due to the 4200 Total gas stations present in forty countries, the Group appears as the energy company reference, close to its individual and business clients. Our objective is to facilitate the widest access to energy, which also involves developing complementary - and cheaper - sources of energy, such as solar energy, by selling solar equipment for instance.

As for TOTAL Egypt, Exploration and Production activities have been conducted by both ELF and Total affiliates since 1975 in the Mediterranean, the Nile Delta onshore, the Gulf of Suez and the Red Sea.

After a period of cessation, the merged Total Group established a new affiliate “Total E&P Egypte” in Cairo in 2010 to resume exploration activities on the deepwater block in the Mediterranean. In 2015, Total was awarded another concession for an exploration block North El Mahala Onshore in the Nile Delta and another newly awarded concession (North El Hammad offshore) in the Mediterranean, in partnership with ENI (operator) and BP.

Total Marketing and Services Egypt is a subsidiary of the international oil company Total SA established in 1998 with a mission to provide customers with quality products and services. The company is active across the entire oil product distribution sector, with general sales, lubricants, and marine and aviation activities as well as a retail network. The company currently employs 1500 people and continuously invests in the recruitment, training and professional development of its people.

The company runs a retail network of 237 stations throughout the country retailing high-quality fuels and lubricants, as well as services and various products at its Bonjour shops, and has established a state-of-the-art lubricant blending plant in Borg El Arab.

At Total Egypt, the safety of people and operations, environmental protection, customer satisfaction and listening to stakeholders are core concerns. Industrial hygiene, employee health and product quality are uncompromising priorities.

Oil Product Storage and Blending Alexandria (OPSBA) - Total Egypt Lubricants Plant in Borg El Arab:
OPSBA is a stock company with 65% owned by TOTAL & 35% owned by Oilibya as a minority shareholder. Inaugurated in November 2012 with a value of US$ 15 million and spanning an area of 35,000 m2, today the plant is worth more than EGP 200 million, with a production capacity of up to 50,000 tons/year in one work shift and is one of the most modern and novel in the group, in Africa and the Middle East, employing world-class production standards. The plant has more than 100 employees including operators, technicians, engineers, chemists, heads of departments and functions. Almost 25% of total production is exported to Lebanon, Uganda, Ethiopia, Madagascar, and Zambia. The plant was certified with ISO 9001 in October 2014 (Quality Management System), and with OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 (Health, Safety & Environment Management System) in January 2016.

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