The decision will affect hundreds of staff and contractors working in Aberdeen.
The decision will affect both staff and contractors working in Aberdeen, where thousands of North Sea jobs have been lost since 2014.
Staff were told during a series of meetings last week and Total has said it aims to “minimise redundancies”.
A spokesman said: “Following the acquisition of Maersk Oil we have reviewed our operations in Aberdeen and are now consulting with staff on the future size of our business there.
“We anticipate that this will result in a reduction of around 250 positions held today by staff and contractors.
“Final decisions will only be made after full consultation with staff and their representatives.
“Every effort will be made to minimise redundancies and to find alternative posts in other parts of Total’s global business for those staff in Aberdeen whose positions may close.”