Itba - Total Austral: Committed to Education

Educating and Developing Engineering and Technology Professionals

Since it was established as a private university in 1959, the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires has been recognized for its commitment to innovation, technology and academic excellence. Since 2004, Total Austral has provided financial support to the Petroleum Engineering degree course taught at ITBA, in order to develop special studies and acquire specific equipment.

A Commitment to the Future

In 2013, a cooperation agreement was signed between Total Professeurs Associés (TPA), Total Austral and ITBA, under which respected experts from Total are teaching courses on specific subjects at this university. In addition, in 2013, ITBA launched a double degree agreement between its Oil and Natural Gas Production program and the Resevoir Geoscience and Engineering program at the IFP School in France. Under the agreement, ITBA students who opt to take the double degree will spend two semesters at the IFP School.


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Total Austral and the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires are working together to promote technical training in Argentina.

Grupo PSA - Total Especialidades Argentina: Reference partners

Grupo PSA and Total extended their association agreements for five more years (2017-2021).
Total thus renews its agreement as a reference partner of the brands Peugeot (since 1995), Citroën (since 1968) and DS (since its creation in 2015). This agreement contains provisions related to research and development, product supply for the first filling, the exclusive post sale recommendation of the three brands and sports sponsorships with Peugeot Sport, Citroën Racing and DS Performance.
Under this agreement, Total lubricants are recommended and made available to customers at Peugeot, Citroën y DS stores. In addition, Total will remain the technical and sports reference partner of PSA Motorsport for the next challenges to be faced by Citroën in WRC, Peugeot Sport in WRX and Rally-Raid; and DS Performance in Formula E.
Once again, Grupo PSA and Total confirm their shared values: performance, expertise, quality, innovation and a sense of service.

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Both enterprises confirm their shared values: performance, expertise, quality, innovation and service.

Funcei - Total Austral: A Commitment to Public Health

Health Breakthroughs

Total Austral, in conjunction with the Foundation Center for Infectious Disease Studies (FUNCEI, for its Spanish acronym) chaired by Dr. Daniel Stamboulian, has been supporting initiatives aimed at public health improvement for several years.

Hospital-acquired infection monitoring in Tierra del Fuego

Total Austral and FUNCEI signed a cooperation agreement to implement a program to improve hospital-acquired disease management, surveillance and control, as well as to enhance laboratory, sterilization and cleaning services at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in Tierra del Fuego by providing assistance to create an Infection Control Committee and conveying knowledge to local healthcare professionals. 

Institutional stakeholders involved in the program are Rio Grande Regional Hospital, the Tierra del Fuego Department of Health and Rio Grande Municipality. This program was declared to be of provincial interest by the Tierra del Fuego Department of Health. 

Direct beneficiaries of the program amount to 900 people (Hospital healthcare professionals and Tierra del Fuego physicians attending the seminars open to the community that form part of the program), whereas indirect beneficiaries are over 70,000 people (Rio Grande and Tolhuin population that is treated in Rio Grande Regional Hospital, which is the nearest highly specialized health care facility)

Main results

  1. Strengthening of the operation of the Hospital Infection Control Committee.
  2. Reinforcement of the professional team of the Committee with the recruitment of a pediatric infectious disease specialist and an infection control nurse.
  3. Definition and implementation of indicators to ensure proper epidemiological surveillance of hospital-acquired infections. 
  4. Remarkable reduction of infections after cesarean section. 
  5. Optimization of the rational use of antibiotics in hospitalized patients.

By optimizing hospital care, the quality of life of the whole community is improved and the length of hospital stay is reduced, thus preventing complications that would lead to longer hospital stays and higher mortality, morbidity and health care costs. 

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Program to monitor hospital-acquired infections in Río Grande Regional Hospital, Tierra del Fuego.

Universidad Nacional del Comahue - Total Austral: A Commitment to the Environment

A Combined Commitment

An innovative approach to ecological restoration is being effectively deployed thanks to the joint contribution of stakeholders from 1) the academic world, represented by a multidisciplinary team from the Universidad Nacional del Comahue, which is transferring the knowledge needed to take the project forward and conduct research in this area; 2) the local community, which is gaining employment opportunities in places requiring greater economic diversity; and 3) Total Austral, which has a stake in both environmental protection and capacity building for local businesses.

The Project

One result of the ecological restoration project run jointly by the three participants was the development of a nursery for plants native to Añelo and San Roque in the Neuquén region of Argentina. Many of these plants are periodically used for ecological restoration projects. The project also includes an ongoing series of presentations to conferences and the publication of related papers by the Universidad Nacional del Comahue.

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The Añelo nursery produced more than 22,000 plants of 15 different species. Many of them were used for ecological restoration projects.

Iapg - Total Austral: An "Unconventional" Approach

Sharing Information

The Instituto Argentino del Petróleo y del Gas (IAPG) is a leading source of technical information in the energy industry in general, and the oil and gas industry in particular. Total Austral formed a strategic alliance with IAPG to make key technical information concerning the exploration and production of unconventional resources more readily available to the wider community.

In Action

Since the beginning of its activities in 2014, the Task Force for the Communication of the Non-Conventional Resources has carried out more than 180 presentations with more than 10.000 attendees (civil society, NGO, journalists, governments, unions, religious institutions, universities, etc).
The materials distributed included The ABC's of Oil and Gas in Unconventional Reservoirs (4 editions), a short publication on shale gas, shale oil and tight gas. It is designed to offer sound, authoritative information in response to the main questions about unconventional resources, while debunking misconceptions. The website was also created, which features a Shale Expert who answers questions about the industry. Several videos explain the main issues related to the exploitation of unconventional resources in a visual way (e.g. video on hydraulic fracturing). The strategy also includes other documents and interviews.

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Development of unconventional reserves in Cuenca Neuquina.