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Total to make cuts to spending in response to low oil prices

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Total has responded to the fall in oil prices by implementing a series of measures.

These include:

  • Organic CAPEX cuts of more than US$3 billion, i.e. more than 20%, reducing 2020 net investments to less than US$15 billion. These savings are mainly in the form of short-cycle flexible CAPEX, which can be arbitrated contractually over a very short time period.
  • US$800 million of savings in 2020 on operating costs compared to 2019, instead of the US$300 million previously announced.
  • Suspension of the buyback programme – the company announced a US$2 billion buyback for 2020 in a US$60/bbl environment; it bought back US$550 million in the first two months

The company will announce its 1Q20 results on 30 April.

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