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  Our history is rich and the story begins in 1956 in Brussels, Belgium.

American Petrofina, Inc. began operations with the $10 million investment of Petrofina S.A., headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. The first U.S. acquisition was Panhandle Oil Company in Wichita Falls, Texas with many acquisitions in the crude oil and natural gas exploration/production and refining/marketing arenas through the following years.

The Company enters the chemicals business with the acquisition of Cosden Petroleum Corporation in Big Spring, Texas. Additional assets included the Big Spring refinery, terminals, production, pipeline and marketing outlets.

Joint venture with Borg-Warner CosMar Styrene Monomer Plant in Carville, Louisiana.

Acquisition of Gulf Oil Company's Calumet City, Illinois facilities to build Polystyrene Plant.

Acquisition of the Port Arthur Refinery from BP Oil Corporation, along with BP's marketing and terminal assets in the southeastern U.S.

Acquisition of Polystyrene Plants in Orange, California and Windsor, New Jersey.

Acquisition of ARCO's Polypropylene Plant in La Porte, Texas.

Changed the name of American Petrofina Company of Texas, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Petrofina, Inc., to Fina Oil and Chemical Company.

Changed the name of American Petrofina, Inc. to FINA, Inc.

Acquisition from Hoechst Celanese Corporation of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) business and associated assets in the Bayport Industrial District of Pasadena, Texas.

La Porte Plant expansion, Train 8, created the largest single-site polypropylene plant in the world.

Carville Polystyrene Plant expansion created largest single site polystyrene plant in the world.

Joint venture with BASF to build world's largest naphtha steam cracker facility, further integrating Company's Downstream and Petrochemicals divisions.

Expansions at La Porte Plant, Train 9, increased annual production to 2.15 billion pounds per year.

Expansions at Bayport High Density Polyethylene Plant, Bay 2, doubled capacity to 850 million pounds per year.

Merger of Petrofina S.A. and FINA, Inc.

Total, S.A. merges with Petrofina, S.A., forming TotalFina.

TotalFina acquires Elf Acquitaine, creating the fourth largest petroleum company in the world. The worldwide chemicals division is named ATOFINA, hence changing our company name to ATOFINA Petrochemicals, Inc.

In the summer of 2000, the North American Headquarters relocates to Houston, Texas.

Sale of Southwestern Business Unit, Southeastern Business Unit Marketing, including the Big Spring Refinery and several pipelines, six product terminals and various service stations and marketing assets.

Start up of BASF FINA Petrochemicals Limited Partnership's Naphtha Steam Cracker, world's largest steam cracker.

Line 5 opened in Carville, Louisiana, increasing capacity to 1.7 billion pounds per year of polystyrene.

May 6, the General Assembly of TotalFinaElf voted to change the name of the parent company to Total S.A.

October 1, ATOFINA Petrochemicals, Inc. changed its name to Total Petrochemicals USA, Inc.

Modernization and expansion project at Carville Styrene Monomer facility increased annual capacity from 1.98 billion pounds to 2.62 billion pounds.

The North American Heaquarters moves to Total Plaza in Houston's Downtown Business District.

Total Petrochemicals USA forms the Polyolefins Business Unit.

February 12, Total announces Port Arthur Deep Conversion Project.

Total Port Arthur Refinery's Deep Conversion Project starts up.

On January 13, Total Petrochemicals USA, Inc. changed its name to Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc. (TPRI)

April, the recently retrofitted BTP steam cracker began processing ethane.  Due to the abundance of shale gas in the United States, ethane is cost-advantaged, relative to conventional feedstocks. 

March, startup of the 10th furnace at the BTP improves feedstock flexibility and plant reliability increasing production capacity of ethylene to more than one million metric tons.