Our history

Our History

TotalEnergies' history can be defined by three keywords: rich, unique and exhilarating. The Company's history tells of an industrial saga and a human endeavour set against the backdrop of social, technological and geopolitical changes. Its history also relates the story of a company that was created from scratch back in 1924 under the name Compagnie française des pétroles with the aim of ensuring France's energy independence. Over the years, it has evolved into an international organization that is actively involved in addressing the global energy challenges of the 21st century.

"Pioneers for 100 years", the film in sign language

Ever since it took its first steps in oil production in Iraq back in 1927, our Company has continually transformed and forged a reputation for its pioneering spirit, whether extending its geographical reach or innovating and pushing back the boundaries of technology. This ability to constantly adapt has also been demonstrated over the years through its successful partnerships with such companies as Petrofina, Elf Aquitaine and, more recently, Saft, Maersk Oil and Direct Energie.

In an effort to meet the challenges of a largely net zero future, we are pursuing a new strategy to become a multi-energy company by developing our activities in electricity, mainly renewables, which will play a key role in the energy system of tomorrow's world.

By changing our name to TotalEnergies in 2021, we have ensured that our identity reflects the strong ambition driving our Company at the dawn of our new century, namely to be a world-class player in leading the energy transition and reaching net zero by 2050, together with society. The pioneering spirit that has powered us since day one continues to guide us in achieving this transition.

TotalEnergies, pioneers for a Hundred Years

In 2024, TotalEnergies is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Check out the milestones of this rich legacy, which continues to shape our identity, our culture and our values.
100 years, 100 faces

"100 Faces" for 100 years of TotalEnergies

To celebrate the centenary of TotalEnergies, 100 employees agreed to speak in front of the camera: 100 years, 100 faces, 100 stories. They tell their stories, their jobs and their contribution to the transition of TotalEnergies. Whether they work on a production site, in a research center or in contact with customers, they embody the Company of today and prepare the Company of tomorrow.