Total Suffers $7.2bn 2020 Net Loss On Lower Prices, Production


Total SE had a 2020 net loss of $7.2 billion, compared with 2019 earnings of $11.3 billion. Its fourth-quarter 2020 earnings fell 66% to $891 million from $2.6 billion in the same period a year earlier but were up sharply from third-quarter 2020’s $202 million.

Exploration and production adjusted net operating income was $1.1 billion in fourth-quarter 2020, compared with $2 billion a year ago due to the sharp drop in oil and gas prices and lower production. The full-year total’s were $2.4 billion for 2020 versus $7.5 billion in 2019 for the same reasons.

Total’s hydrocarbon production was 2.84 million boe/d in fourth-quarter 2020,  down 9% year-on-year, comprised of -5% due to compliance with Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and OPEC+ quotas, notably in Nigeria, the UAE, and Kazakhstan, as well as voluntary reductions in Canada and disruptions in Libya, -3% due to natural production decline and -3% due to maintenance and unplanned outages, notably in Norway.

Hydrocarbon production for LNG in fourth-quarter 2020 decreased by 15% compared with a year earlier, notably due to the shutdown of Snohvit LNG after a fire at end-September 2020. Total LNG sales increased 12% in 2020 compared with 2019 thanks to the startup of three trains at Cameron LNG in Louisiana, the ramp-up of Yamal LNG in Russia and Ichthys LNG in Australia and increased trading activities.

The company’s average LNG sales price rebounded by 37% in the fourth quarter compared with the previous quarter due to the seasonality of demand and the delayed impact of higher oil prices in third-quarter 2020 on long-term LNG contracts.

Refinery throughput was down 16% for fourth-quarter 2020 and 23% for the full year. Monomer production increased 4% and 6% for the quarter and full year, respectively, while polymer production grew 10% in fourth-quarter 2020 versus fourth-quarter 2019 and was stable for the full year.

Total more than doubled its gross installed renewable power generation capacity during the year, reaching 7 Gw by the end of the fourth quarter, notably thanks to the acquisition in India of 50% of a 3-Gw portfolio from the Adani Group.

Source: OGJ


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