Global oil and gas group Total has signed a deal to distribute Orange Money mobile payment services at Total service stations in in Africa and the Middle-East.

The partnership extends Orange Money’s distribution network to all Total service stations in the 13 countries where the service is available.

Orange Money is Orange’s payment and money transfer service for Africa and the Middle-East. It allows customers to transfer money from mobile to mobile, to pay bills, and withdraw and deposit money through a network of certified distributors.

This first stage of the partnership is already operational in Senegal and Cameroon, and will go live in more than 1300 service stations in the 11 other in the second half of 2013. A second stage will follow, which should enable Orange Money customers to pay for purchases made in Total service stations using their mobile account.

Marc Rennard, EVP for Orange in Africa and Middle East, said: “We are creating synergies between two major groups in Africa and the Middle East to better serve consumers. This agreement will add a whole new dimension to the Orange Money distribution network.”

Momar Nguer, director of marketing and services, Total MEA, said: “Today our ambition is to take a leading position in mobile payment distribution in Africa.”

Orange Money is currently available in: Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal and Uganda.