Total Begins Output from Phase 3 of Al Khalij Field

Total announces the production start-up of the third phase of development on the Al Khalij oil field, offshore Qatar, and the bringing on stream at the end of August of a platform for water separation and treatment.

Thanks to the Al Khalij North development project, production on the field will be increased by 20,000 barrels of oil a day with the finalization of the drilling phase in January 2005, compensating for its natural decline. The new peak of production will reach 50,000 barrels per day.

The additional output will be provided by ten new production and injection wells with the separation, treatment and re-injection of water to be handled by a new unmanned and remotely operated platform.

Total holds a 100% stake in the Al Khalij field.

The new production start-up confirms Total's presence in Qatar, where the Group is a key player in the Dolphin project that is designed to provide transmission of gas from the supergiant North Field to the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Total is also a major partner in the production of liquefied natural gas (Qatargas) and in petrochemicals.