A Total overhaul
AS part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, French multinational oil, gas and energy giant TOTAL Jamaica will be embarking on a transformation of its image starting this summer.
A prayer breakfast at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Sunday is scheduled to mark the occasion.
The new-look, dubbed T-AIR, is part of its programme which aims to revolutionise the appearance and services offered by capitalising on innovative design. The modernisation make-over will include service stations being outfitted with a polycarbonate canopy covers as well as the use of more earthier tones.
"We will be starting seven service stations located in Kingston and Montego Bay. Jamaica is one of our significant investments," Dr Michael Faulkner, TOTAL Jamaica's managing director, told Auto.
Similar projects have been rolled out in Europe and Africa.
Hailing from the West African country Sierra Leon and with 24 years of experience in the petroleum industry, Dr Faulkner began his tour of duty to Jamaica two years ago.
The MD declined the comment on how much TOTAL Jamaica would be spending on the face-lift. He, however, opted to say it was a "significant investment".
"It is a very aggressive programme. We continue to invest significantly every year, millions of euros," he continued.
The MD said he was pleased with TOTAL Jamaica's growth since acquiring National Fuels's 22 service stations in April 2004 and the subsequent purchasing of Esso Standard Oil's assets in March 2008.
TOTAL Jamaica sells a full range of petroleum products to the retail, commercial and industrial markets. It is a key player in the petrochemicals market with products ranging from jet fuel, gasoline and diesel to lubricants, greases, and heavy fuel oil.
The company boasts 52 stations and workforce of 1,019 persons.
TOTAL Jamaica is also major player in Jamaica's motorsport. The company is a sponsor of TOTAL Summerbell Racing team which includes current circuit champion Andre Anderson, many-time champion David Summerbell Jr and Kyle Gregg.