Patrick Pouyanne, Total chairman and chief executive officer, and Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, ADNOC Group chief executive officer, signed the agreement 11 November. French major Total and UAE state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) will jointly explore for gas on the 6000-km2 Ruwais Diyab Unconventional Gas Concession. Total has been granted a 40% stake in the concession along with operatorship, with ADNOC retaining 60%. The agreement calls for a 6-to-7-year exploration and appraisal phase followed by a 40-year development and production period. If exploration is successful, the companies plan for a staged development depending on UAE gas demand and export opportunities.