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Philippe Blanc


Philippe Blanc - Exploration-Production - Total

Philippe Blanc - R&D Exploration & Production - Environmental & Social Issues project

Philippe is a chemical engineer with a diploma from the Strasbourg's École nationale supérieure de chimie. He also holds a doctorate in geochemistry from Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg.

He joined the Exploration & Production division of Total in 1998 as the manager of the fluids and organic chemistry laboratory, and then went on to work in the acquisition and interpretation of gas shows while drilling (GWD), before joining the HSE division in 2005.

After coordinating the HSE reporting tools roll-out for the Exploration & Production division, developing the Safety Culture methodology and acquiring expertise in operational safety at Lacq, he joined the Arctic group in 2012 as HSE manager, then transitioned to R&D in 2014 to work on the Environmental and Social Issues project of the Sustainable Development R&D programme.



After leading research actions in the areas of Extreme Cold and Oil Spill Preparedness & Response, Philippe leads the Exploration-Production R&D actions in the areas of Environmental Monitoring of aquatic environments and restoration of degraded marine ecosystems.

There, the challenge is to find a way to better manage the environmental risks associated with our operations through technological innovation and knowledge acquisition in areas such as:

  • environmental monitoring solutions that are more effective, faster and less expensive, such as the use of bivalves equipped with sensors, hyperspectral underwater imaging or molecular or genetic characterisation techniques (metagenomics / environmental DNA);
  • environmental mitigation solutions, including the development of artificial reefs or new materials that encourage the recolonisation of affected habitats;
  • solutions to prevent and reduce noise impacts on marine species linked to our operations (construction, seismic, etc.).



Philippe is the representative for Total on the JIP Sound and Marine Life Executive Committee of the IOGP (International Association of Oil & Gas Producers).



Philippe has written many articles, particularly in the oil and gas field: speeches at SPE, EAGE, World Petroleum Congress, International Oil Spill Conference, etc. on the topics of organic geochemistry and isotopes, Gas While Drilling, HSE and Environmental R&D.

  • Spill Impact Mitigation Assessment: Development of a new semi-quantitative SIMA method for improved OSR decision aid and stakeholders’ consensus”, IOSC 2020 - International Oil Spill Conference, New Orleans, USA, 11-14 May 2020.
  • Characterization, fate and impact of ISB products from different types of crude oils: Literature review and experimental study for ISB predictive modeling and SIMA process”, IOSC 2020 - International Oil Spill Conference, New Orleans, USA, 11-14 May 2020 (oral communication).
  • Innovative habitat- based solutions for large-scale restoration of degraded coral reefs and mangrove ecosystems”, IOSC 2020 - International Oil Spill Conference, New Orleans, USA, 11-14 May 2020.
  • Asiatic clam Corbicula fluminea exhibits distinguishable behavioural responses to crude oil under semi-natural multiple stress conditions”, Aquatic Toxicology 219 (2020) 105381.
  • Limiting PCR biases and limitations due to PCR-based metabarcoding short length fragments: A comparison with two possible alternatives, Capture by hybridization and Nanopore sequencing”, DNA BARCODE 2019 - 8th International Barcode of Life Conference, Trondheim, Norway, 17-20 June 2019.
  • First-time Implementation of Innovative In situ Biotechnology on an Offshore Platform in Arabian Gulf for Continuous Water Quality Monitoring and Early Leak Detection”, Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC), UAE, 13-16 November 2017 (oral communication), paper SPE-188821-MS,
  • “Oil Spill Response Technologies (OSR) Since Macondo – A Review of Improvements and Novelties”, International Oil Spill Conference, Long Beach, CA, USA, 15-19 May 2017 (oral communication).
  • Gas Condensates Spill Response in Cold Seas and Ice-affected Waters”, International Oil Spill Conference, Long Beach, CA, USA, 15-19 May 2017 (poster).
  • A Joint Industry Research Programme to Improve OSR Technologies and Methodologies for Use in the Arctic Offshore Environment”, SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility, Stavanger, Norway, 11–13 April 2016, (oral communication), Paper No. SPE-179420.
  • Environmental Monitoring of Arctic Waters with Unmanned Bivalve Biosensor Technology: One Year of Background Data Acquisition in the Barents Sea”, SPE Russian Petroleum Technical Conference, Moscow, 26-28 October 2015 (oral communication), paper SPE-176681-MS, doi:10.2118/176681-MS.


REEF: Restoring Degraded Coral Ecosystems

Research & Development

Controlling Water Quality with Bivalve Mollusks

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Efficient Biomonitoring with Bivalve Mollusks