Total in Colombia


First presence of CFP in exploration - production


Creation of Elf Colombie

Total has been involved in oil and gas exploration and production in Colombia since 1971.


Since 1926

  • 1926, The PSC launches oil exploration missions in Colombia. She will spend 20 MF.

  • 1971, Elf Aquitaine creates Elf Colombia SA.

  • 1975, TCMN (Total Mining and Nuclear Company) explores in Colombia.

  • 1976, Minatome (Total) launches several exploration campaigns with encouraging results.

Recherche d'uranium, 1976, Philippe Rhodes
Search for uranium, 1976, Philippe Rhodes
  • 1979, Elf discovers Cano Garza.

  • In 1982, Elf discovers an oil deposit in the Llanos region.

  • 1983, Elf obtains Yopal license in foothills and discovers Gloria Norte 1 and Cano Garza Norte 1. Total sells its assets in Colombia.

  • 1985, Elf obtains four new permits: Cabugaro, Aqua Verde, Rio Ariporo, Yalea and discovers oil at La Flora 1.

  • 1987 Elf Aquitaine discovers light oil at Cravo Este and heavy oil at Gloria 2. Total discovers the Yaguara field. The construction of the trans-Andean pipeline, in which the Elf group participates, begins.

  • 1989, discovery of oil and gas on the permits of Santiago de Las Atalayas where Total has a 40% interest.

  • 1991, Total is associated with the discovery of Cusiana.

Vue aérienne du site de Cusiana 2A, 1994, BP Photographic Branch
Aerial view of the Cusiana 2A site, 1994, BP Photographic Branch
  • 1992, Total enters a new license in Colombia (Upia).

  • 1993, Elf Aquitaine sells upstream interests.

  • 1994, Total acquires exploration rights in Block 9 northeast of Cusiana.

  • 1995, Total makes a positive drilling near the Cupiagua field. Coates (Total) takes 26% of Sinclair, leading producer of inks in Colombia and distributor in neighboring countries.

Vue aérienne du site de Cupiagua 3, 1994, BP Photographic Branch
Aerial view of the site of Cupiagua 3, 1994, BP Photographic Branch
  • 1996, Total acquires two new licenses, Rivera and Gaitanas.

  • 1997, Coates realizes the acquisition of Sinclair, the leading producer of printing inks.

  • 1998, Total commissions the Cupiagua production center.

  • In 2000, the production of the Cusiana-Cupiagua field (TotalFinaElf 15.2%) was 340 000 b / d for both fields. On the Gaitanas permit, the results of the 1999 seismic survey make it possible to decide on drilling that is carried out the following year.

  • 2001, TotalFinaElf signs two contracts on Tangara and Mondo Nuevo licenses (TotalFinaElf 55%). The Group enters into an association contract for the Sinu offshore license.

  • 2002-2003, the Group completed a 3D seismic on the Tangara license (TotalFinaElf 55%). The Capachos and San Miguel onshore exploration licenses (TotalFinaElf 40%) are returned in 2002 as well as the Sinu offshore license (TotalFinaElf 100%).

  • 2003, the Group returns the Gaitanas exploration license (TOTAL 70.0%).

  • 2004, an exploration well is drilled on the Tangara permit (TOTAL, 55.0%).

  • In 2005, new agreements were concluded for the sale of gas from a new processing plant of 180 Mpc / d started in 2003 and started in September 2005. A GTL project using Cusiana and Cupiagua gas is study and is the subject of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Total, Ecopetrol and other partners.

  • In 2006, in order to renew the Group's exploration field in Colombia, TOTAL exited the Tangara license at the end of 2006. In addition, an agreement was signed in September to enter 50% of the Niscota exploration block.

  • 2008, TOTAL becomes operator of the Caracara block through its participation in CEPSA.

  • In 2011, TOTAL reduced its stake to 5.2% in the Ocensa pipeline by selling 10% of this asset.

  • 2012, TOTAL completes in October the sale of its interests in the Cusiana hydrocarbon field and in the OAM and ODC pipelines to Sinochem, for an amount of 318 million euros ($ 409 million), net of the cash surrendered .

  • 2013, Total sells all of its shares in the Ocensa pipeline, maintaining the corresponding transport rights.

  • 2014, the Group signs an agreement in December to transfer part of its transport rights in the Ocensa pipeline, a transaction finalized in February 2015.

  • 2017, TOTAL puts the Niscota field into production (71.4%). The declaration of marketability of the development of the field is made in November 2018. Production is 1 kboe / d in 2018.