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January 27, 2011 21:36 ET

Total E&P Canada Ltd. Acknowledges Favourable Decision Regarding Its 100,000 Barrel-Per-Day Joslyn North Mine

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 27, 2011) - Total E&P Canada Ltd., a Total SA subsidiary, received notice that the Joint Review Panel (Panel) finds the Joslyn North Mine Project (JNMP or the Project) to be in the public interest and grants approval for the construction, operation, and reclamation of the Project.

The mine is located outside Fort McMurray, Alberta and is designed to produce a projected 100,000 barrels of bitumen per day over the 20-year economic life of the Project.

"This recommendation by the Joint Review Panel is a very positive first step for Total in receiving our permit to develop the Joslyn North Mine Project," said Jean-Michel Gires, President and CEO of Total E&P Canada Ltd. "This affirms our commitment to developing a responsible project and improving environmental and social performance of Canada's oil sands. We are pleased that the Panel finds this project to be in the public interest," added Mr. Gires.

The Panel, comprised of both federal and provincial authorities, has included 20 conditions that must be fulfilled by Total E&P Canada, along with confirmation of other commitments in respect of its operations made during the JNMP Public Hearing in September and October, 2010.

"We value the opportunity to have presented our project to the public," said Gary Houston, Vice President of Midstream and Chair of the Total JNMP Hearing Panel. "Total worked closely with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, local First Nations and Métis throughout this process. We appreciate the community's participation and collaboration over the past five years, and thank them for their input and ideas. This dialogue will continue throughout the life of the Project," affirmed Mr. Houston. 

Total will review the decision internally and will continue to work with regulators in connection with receiving final approval for the Project via Order-in-Council.

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Total owns a 50 per cent interest in the Surmont SAGD(1) project. Phase 1 production began in 2007 and currently averages 20,000 barrels per day. Plateau production is expected to be 27,000 barrels per day. Phase 2 began recently, with production scheduled to start up in 2015, enabling Surmont's total production to increase to around 110,000 barrels per day. Further development phases are under study.

Subject to final approvals to implement the alliance agreement with Suncor announced in December 2010, Total operates the Joslyn project with a 38.25 per cent interest. Production potential of this mining project is currently estimated at 100,000 barrels per day. Also subject to approval is 49 per cent of the Voyageur Upgrader and the addition of 19.2 per cent to Total's existing 20 per cent interest in the Fort Hills Project.

Total has a 50 per cent interest in the Northern Lights Project following the 2008 acquisition of Canada's Synenco Energy.

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