Total Obtains 20 Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Blocks

Total announces that its wholly owned subsidiary, Total E&P USA Inc., was the high bidder on 20 deepwater exploration blocks in the Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 200. Total E&P USA Inc. will operate these blocks with a 100% working interest. Award of these blocks is subject to final approval by the Minerals Management Service.

Total E&P USA Inc. obtained 7 blocks in the Keathley Canyon area and 13 blocks in the Garden Banks area, each deepwater block spans 5,760 acres.

The acquisition of these blocks is in accordance with the company