major planned investments
Taking into account the current economic environment, the organic investment budget has decreased by more than 10% from $26.4 billion in 2014 to $23-24 billion in 2015. In particular, the Group has reduced investments in brownfield developments that have become less profitable due to the decline in Brent. The decrease in investments is part of the Group’s strong and immediate response to reduce its cash break-even point by 40 $ / b without compromising the priority to safety.
Investments in the Upstream segment are expected to amount to $20 billion and will mainly be allocated to major development projects, including Ichthys in Australia, Surmont and Fort Hills in Canada, Moho North in the Republic of the Congo, Kaombo in Angola, Egina in Nigeria and Yamal in Russia. A significant portion of the segment’s budget will also be allocated to maintenance and integrity work on assets already in production.
The Refining & Chemicals segment has an investment budget of approximately $1.5 billion, which is expected to be allocated to the refining, petrochemicals and specialty chemicals businesses. The modernization of the integrated platform in Antwerp, Belgium is the largest investment in the segment in 2015. A significant portion of the segment’s budget will also be allocated to the maintenance and safety investments required for these types of industrial activities.
The Marketing & Services segment has an investment budget of approximately $1.5 billion, which is expected to finance, in particular, the service station network, logistics, specialty products production and storage facilities (lubricants, LPG, etc.) and the development of its activities in New Energies. Most of the Marketing & Services budget will be allocated to growth areas (Africa, Middle East, Asia and Latin America).
After 2015, TOTAL expects investments to be in line with more moderate post-2017 growth from a larger production base. The Group monitors the evolution of the Brent price and will consequently adapt its investments without compromising its medium-term objectives.
TOTAL self-finances most of its investments from its excess cash from operations (refer to the consolidated statement of cash flows, point 5. of Chapter 10), which is mainly supplemented by accessing the bond market on a regular basis, when conditions on the financial markets are favorable (refer to Note 20 to the Consolidated Financial Statements, point 7. of Chapter 10). However, investments for certain joint ventures between TOTAL and external partners are funded through specific project financing.
Active management of the asset portfolio, which is fully integrated into the Group’s strategy, creates value and TOTAL has confirmed its 2015-17 asset sale program of $10 billion. In addition, the Group makes targeted acquisitions. As the first international company to enter the new ADCO concession in Abu Dhabi, TOTAL demonstrated its ability to access resources under good conditions and create strong partnerships in a strategic region offering various development opportunities.
As part of certain project financing arrangements, TOTAL S.A. has provided guarantees. These guarantees (“Guarantees given on borrowings”) as well as other information on the Group’s off-balance sheet commitments and contractual obligations appear in Note 23 to the Consolidated Financial Statements (point 7. of Chapter 10). The Group currently believes that neither these guarantees nor the other off-balance sheet commitments of TOTAL S.A. or of any other Group company have, or could reasonably have in the future, a material effect on the Group’s financial position, income and expenses, liquidity, investments or financial resources.
The sale of TOTAL’s stake in offshore Block OML 138 in Nigeria, including the Usan field, announced in November 2012 was not able to close. The Group is actively pursuing efforts to sell this asset.