Total completes upgrade at its largest refining & petrochemicals platform in Europe

Total completes upgrade at its largest refining & petrochemicals platform in Europe

Over the last few months Total has inaugurated new units at its Antwerp integrated refining & petrochemicals platform and has now completed the €1bn upgrade of one of the largest integrated refining & petrochemicals platforms in Europe.

Two key projects were completed: An investment in a new refining complex was approved for the conversion of more heavy fuel oil into low-sulfur light products. This included: A deasphalting unit and a hydrocracker were built to increase the production of clean and high-value-added products, the new refining complex will reduce the high-sulfur heavy fuel oil yield, in anticipation of the new marine fuel regulation that will take effect in 2020.

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Steam cracker flexibility was also increased to maximise the processing of low cost advantaged feedstock. This included: A new unit was built to convert rich gases produced by the refinery into cracker feedstock and one of the two steam crackers and site logistics has been adapted to import and process ethane.

Total’s Refining & Chemicals’ President, Bernard Pinatel said:  “This major project is a perfect example of our strategy, which is to constantly strengthen the industrial competitiveness of our major integrated platforms to position them among the industry’s best. It also illustrates our ambition in petrochemicals, where we aim to capitalize on the market’s growth by processing low-cost feedstock. Antwerp’s steam crackers will now be able to process up to 60% advantaged feedstock derived from gas, which are cheaper than naphtha, derived from oil.”

Total also announced a logistics project last August to connect the platform to the neighbouring storage terminal via a new pipeline and the expansion of the terminal’s capacities to maximise product value.

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7th Dec 2017

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