Netherlands

1935

Petrofina and Sinclair Union Petroleum create a company (Sinfina) to progress on the Dutch market

The first presence of the Group in Netherlands dates back to 1935 with the creation of Sinfina. 

 

1935 - 1970

  • 1935, Petrofina and Sinclair Union Petroleum create a company in the Netherlands (Sinfina) to progress on the Dutch market.

  • 1954, the CFP acquires 50% of NV manufacturer Producten Compagnie.

  • 1963, The BRP, RAP and the CFP join forces in equal shares to look for some oil in Holland and in the North Sea. Petroland, from whom the CFP is 30 % via a new subsidiary, Total Marine Exploitatie, obtains licences in the Netherlands.

  • 1965, discovery of gas fields named Harlingen, Warga, Nijega, Eernewoude by RAP

Caltex Refinery by Pernis, Night View, 1965, Dick Van Maarseveen
Caltex Refinery by Pernis, Night View, 1965, Dick Van Maarseveen
  • 1967, discovery of the fields of Leuwarden (gas) and L7 (offshore, gas)

  • 1967, Elf products are sold in the Netherlands

  • 1969, purchase by Petrofina of two companies of painting in the Netherlands: Pieter Schoen and Veveo

  • 1970, discovery of Zuidwal by Petroland (CFP 21,9 % in the deposit, SNPA 15 %).

 68/5000 Drilling well in ice at the Zuidwal site, 1970, DR-Total
Drilling well in ice at the Zuidwal site, 1970, DR-Total

1970 - 1999

  • 1974, 18 October, inauguration by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands of the Vlissingen refinery.

Refinery Flushing (Vlissingen): inauguration by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, 1974,
Refinery Flushing (Vlissingen): inauguration by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, 1974, DR Total
  • 1980, closure of the factory of terephtalates of Middelburg in the Netherlands.

  • 1983, production of the gas field L4 in which Total and Elf acquire a holding. 

  • 1984, Petrofina resumes distribution networks in Netherlands

  • 1985, Total obtains new licences in Netherlands. Petrofina increases its mining portfolio in the British zone by taking over the interests of Charterhouse Petroleum, which has holdings in 7 blocks in Netherlands. Discovery of L72, Oldelamer 1, Slootdorp 4 (gas). Elf, via Petroland, launches the production of the deposit of Logger (oil) and two gas fields offshore, satellites of L7.

  • 1987, Petroland sees attributing blocks G10 and Q16A; the Group takes a 32 % of interest on the licence J3B/J6; enters on the licence Zuid Friedsland II - Roosendal-Almeo; and signs an agreement with Placid for the exploitation of the group L7. The subsidiary also buys half of the interests of Amax. Gas discovery for Elf (J6/1 and Block L7). Construction of a processing center to Zuidwal and construction of the platform for the structure L7N. Petrofina resumed a company specialized in lubricants and fats in the Netherlands. Sigma Coatings (Petrofina) took the Elbers company in Netherlands, acompany specialized in resins in aqueous dispersal.

  • 1988, Elf Aquitaine is associated with discoveries in Netherlands (gas on K/5a-3 and K/6-4), Petroland starts the production of three new fields : Rauwerd, Zuidwall and Harlingen.

  • 1989, Elf Petroland  gets the concession of Gorredijk, Total acquires assets to Oranje Nassau, Vendex, TCPL and Cofraland, which increase its mining domain. Inauguration of the field of Zwidwal in which Total and Elf have participations

  • 1990, Spotlight of the gas in Netherlands (F1/1 and Oud Beijerland Zuid 1), discovery of the gas fields K6/6. Elf signs an agreement with West Gas Transport (Netherlands) for the common use of the processing center of Den Helder. Petrofina acquires gas stations in Netherlands.

Fina Petrol Station, 1990, DR-Total
Fina Petrol Station, 1990, DR-Total
  • 1992, Dutch gas discoveries for Elf and Petrofina

  • 1995, Elf begins operation of fields K5B and Harlingen 101 in the Netherlands.

  • 1997, Kalon (Total) acquired 75% of Circle in Netherlands

  • 1998, Elf enters on new licences in Netherlands. Gas discoveries for Total: K4-F, F15-B and K4-N and for Elf K4b/K5a, F15a, K4a. Total launch the production of the P2 field and the other discoveries of the year.

  • 1999, Elf discovers gas and condensate on the fields of K5A and L4A in Netherlands and begins the production of the fields of L1a, K6 G&T. Discoveries for TotalFina on blocks L4G and K5/FW and start production of fields K6GT, D15-FA and L4PN.

Since 2000

  • 2000, start of gas production on the K4a block in the Dutch North Sea area.

  • 2002, the first phase of the K1A development ends at the end of 2002 with the launch of three wells from January to December, starting from the K1A platform installed in 2001.

  • 2005, onshore assets were sold in 2004, with the aim of streamlining the mining portfolio (including the Zuidwal and Leeuwarden concessions). The development of the L4G structure, approved in October 2004, starts with an expected start-up during the first half of 2006.

  • 2008, the K5F field (40.39%, operator) is put into production. This project includes two subsea wells connected to existing production and transportation facilities. K5F is the first project in the world to use wellheads and fully electric underwater systems.

Field K5F, about 115 kilometers north-west of Den Helder, located on the north coast of the Netherlands, 2008, Jelto TERPSTRA
Field K5F, about 115 kilometers north-west of Den Helder, located on the north coast of the Netherlands, 2008, Jelto TERPSTRA
  • 2009-2011, the development of the K5CU project (49%, operator) is launched in 2009 and production starts in early 2011. This development includes four wells supported by a platform installed in September 2010 and linked to the K5A platform by a pipeline of 15 km.

  • 2013, in August, the K4-Z development project (50%, operator) goes into production.

  • 2014, in September, the Dutch authorities allocate the F12 exploration block to Total. Following the acquisition of additional interests in 2013, the Group then holds 50% in block K5b and 60% in blocks, K1b / K2a and K2c. Total is the operator of these blocks.

  • 2017, production of platforms L7 and F15 is stopped for dismantling. Total holds interests in 24 offshore production licenses, 20 of which are operated.