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Total uses only Total group homologated crude oil sources. So why choose Total?

  • Supply chain security
  • Traceability
  • Consistent quality assured performance

Our bitumen division is committed to  customer service. We aim to collaborate  with you, supporting by listenening and helping you forward the aims of your business. From formulating and testing bespoke products through to on-time delivery, we know that when you succeed, we succeed.

Research and development


Total’s R&D resources are second to none. We’ve invested heavily in these cutting-edge facilities, where our researchers and technologists work on the bitumen solutions of tomorrow.

We don’t just keep these facilities to ourselves – they are here to support you. Our experts collaborate and engage with  customers from around the world. Highways sector and industrial bitumen users, public planners and private engineering companies all turn to Total for R&D services. We are ready to offer you the technical support you need when it comes to formulating new bitumens, or adapting existing products for special applications. 




Analysis of penetration grade or modified and clear binders.Our laboratories are ISO 9001 accredited, and offer the following testing and formulation services:

  • Formulation and characterisation of asphalt products.
  • Formulation and characterisation of bitumen emulsions.
  • Formulation and characterisation of fluxed bitumen.

Our experienced bitumen technical team can also offer training as your trusted advisors.

Supply chain security – guaranteed to deliver

No matter which bitumen products you order from Total, you can count on us to deliver. Total has a dedicated bitumen supply chain. Lindsey Oil Refinery and our speciality bitumen plant in Preston are supplemented by our Thames bitumen import terminal meaning Total Bitumen offer 24/7 national supply chain logistics.

Total’s supply chain partners include some of the biggest and best names in the business.







Rail: Lindsey Oil Refinery supplies our Preston plant via bulk bitumen rail logistics. This significantly reduces road freight and helps to reduce our carbon footprint. 

Road: Total’s delivery partner is Hoyer, a company with over 65 years of experience managing supply chains. With their GPS tracking service, we can ensure your deliveries arrive where and when you need them.


Mastering Bitumen - everything you need to know


Ever wondered how bitumen is made, how advances in the field might affect our road systems, or how it’s impacting on the environment? If so, it might be time to take the world’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about bitumen.

Put together by Total, in collaboration with Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech and Coursera, the course is entitled Mastering Bitumen for Better Roads and Innovative Applications. Its aim is to give anyone interested in bitumen a better understanding of the scientific, technical and economic fundamentals of the substance across an array of applications.

It consists of short video lectures and offers certificates to those who complete it. Best of all… it’s FREE.


You’ll be taught by some of the world’s leading luminaries on bitumen. They include leading members of the Total Bitumen team, academics and researchers from the prestigious engineering school Ecole des Ponts, policymakers, and bitumen experts from a variety of other institutions.

You’ll get an in-depth and rounded understanding of bitumen, with course teachers coming from backgrounds in engineering, manufacturing and transportation, but also housing, urban planning, energy, the environment and sustainable development. The MOOC is available online and on demand for anyone to take.

You can start Mastering Bitumen whenever you want, it takes about four weeks, and requires about four hours of study per week. It’s a comprehensive curriculum, with modules including:

  • Week 1: Bitumen market, generalities, the manufacture of bitumen, transport, uses of bitumen, main developments and alternatives. (9 videos)
  • Week 2: Constitution, structure and characterisation of bitumen – rheological properties, performance tests and standards. (11 videos)
  • Week 3: Modified bitumen, bitumen emulsions and their applications such as roads, roofing, etc. (9 videos)
  • Week 4: Prevention of bitumen-related sanitary and environmental risks, innovations to improve safety, recycling, new products, and more. (6 videos)

"Over four weeks, leading experts in bitumen will bring you their knowledge and experience to build a strong understanding of today’s realities and new perspectives on the future of bitumen."

Jean-François Corté Ecole des Ponts and French Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Sea

Participants will receive a certificate for the course if they answer a series of questions at its conclusion. Anyone who gets over 80% of the answers right will receive a ‘knowledge acquisition certificate’.

The course is also supported by an online community via forums hosting discussions between attendees and course teachers on all aspects of bitumen.