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  • Total acts swiftly to replace CEO killed in crash Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    PARIS— French oil giant Total SA has named Patrick Pouyanne as chief executive to replace Christophe de Margerie, who was killed earlier this week in a plane crash in Moscow. The swift appointment indicates the board's desire to limit the uncertainty on one of France's biggest companies. Pouyanne is a graduate of two of France's top engineering schools, Ecole...

  • Snowplow driver says he didn't see Total CEO's jet Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 6:15 AM ET

    MOSCOW— The driver of the snowplow that apparently caused the plane carrying the Total CEO to crash at a Moscow airport says he neither saw nor heard the private jet as it sped toward him down the runway in the dark. The driver is the only person to have been detained in the deaths of Total SA Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie and three French crew members, who...

  • Total’s CEO killed after his plane hits snowplow Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:04 AM ET

    Tributes pour in for Christophe de Margerie after the chief executive of Total died in a business jet crash in Moscow.

  • Total CEO killed in Moscow plane accident Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 4:03 AM ET
    Christophe de Margerie, chief executive officer of Total SA

    The chief exec of Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when his private jet collided with a snow plough as it was taking off from Moscow's Vnukovo airport.

  • Total CEO killed in Moscow runway crash Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who helped establish the multinational oil company as one of the world's biggest, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was reportedly drunk. The crash occurred at 11.57 p.m. Monday local time when the French-made Dassault Falcon 50 burst into...

  • *Total CEO a defender of Moscow policies. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed when a business jet collided with a snow plow during takeoff at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, the company and airport officials said. "Total confirms with deep regret and great sadness that Chairman and CEO...

  • Total oil company CEO dies in Moscow plane crash Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 9:32 PM ET

    MOSCOW— The CEO of French oil giant Total SA was killed when his corporate jet collided with a snow removal machine Monday night at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, the company said. Total "confirms with deep regret and sadness" that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died in a private plane crash at the Moscow airport, the company said in a press release dated...

  • *Defender of Moscow policies killed in plane-plow crash. MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed in an airplane collision with a snow plow at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said on Tuesday. The collision occurred during takeoff of the Dassault Falcon business...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 21- The chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed in an airplane collision with a snowplow at Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport, airport spokeswoman Elena Krylova said on Tuesday. De Margerie, 63, a graduate of the Ecole Superieure de Commerce business school in Paris, became chief executive officer of Total...

  • NYMEX-US crude steadies near $83 ahead of China data Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 8:17 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Oct 21- U.S. crude futures hovered near $83 a barrel on Tuesday after an uneventful session overnight and ahead of data from China that may point to cooling economic growth in the world's No. 2 oil consumer. *U.S. crude for November delivery was up 4 cents at $82.75 a barrel by 0008 GMT after ending nearly flat at $82.71 on Monday. *About a third of U.S. shale...

  • Dax tanks; Europe closes sharply lower Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    European shares closed sharply lower on Friday, as concerns over global growth and weaker economic data from Germany hit risk sentiment.

  • On Thursday, Norwegian oil firm Statoil said it will postpone its 40,000 barrels-a-day Corner project for at least three years, possibly indefinitely. While a handful of other projects have also been delayed or canceled this year, due in part to rising costs, Statoil is the first company to explicitly cite "limited pipeline access" as a reason.

  • NEW YORK/ PARIS, Sept 25- French oil company Total SA has launched a process to sell its 17 percent stake in the Gulf of Mexico' s Tahiti oil field, which could fetch between $1.5 billion and $2 billion in a deal, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • The South Pacific nation began exports this year from Exxon Mobil Corp's $19 billion PNG LNG project, the largest private investment in the nation's history. However, Oil Search, a partner in Exxon Mobil's project, has challenged Total's purchase of the stake, saying it held the right to buy the stake.

  • The South Pacific nation began exports from Exxon Mobil Corp's $19 billion PNG LNG project this year. However, Oil Search, a partner in Exxon Mobil's project, has challenged Total's purchase of the stake, saying it held the right to buy the stake.

  • Geopolitics and the oil price: Why the disconnect? Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 8:40 AM ET
    Oilfield workers at a drilling platform near the Iraqi city of Badra, south of Baghdad.

    The OPEC basket of 12 crude oils slid to $94.31, the lowest level since July 2012 even as the U.S. confirmed 14 air strikes against ISIS.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 18- Brazil's state-run oil company, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, will sign a contract to build and lease a floating production ship for its giant Libra offshore project this month, company Chief Executive Maria das Gracas Foster said on Thursday.

  • MINNEAPOLIS, Sept 18- A string of missteps at a $10 billion Angolan liquefied natural gas venture has hurt Chevron Corp's reputation as a top-notch operator of profitable energy projects around the world.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 17- Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA must accept Brazil's state-run Petrobras as a partner in their Gato do Mato offshore oil prospect under new Brazilian law, the country's top oil regulator said Wednesday, a move that could strip Shell of operational control of the resource. She spoke at an oil industry event in Rio de Janeiro.

  • *BNP Paribas tasked to find buyers for field- sources. LONDON/ LAGOS, Sept 16- France's Total SA, Europe's second largest oil company, has put one of its offshore Nigerian oil fields up for sale again, the company said, after a 2012 deal with Sinopec Corp failed.