More than €1 billion invested for the effectiveness of the project
The new units at Total’s Antwerp integrated refining & petrochemicals platform, which have progressively started up in the last few months have been inaugurated, marking the completion of the upgrade program launched in 2013 of one of the largest and most efficient integrated refining & petrochemicals platforms in Europe. The competitiveness of this major site located in the heart of Europe's main markets has been further enhanced by the company’s more than €1 billion investment.
In anticipation of the new marine fuel regulation that will take effect in 2020, the new refining complex will reduce the high-sulfur heavy fuel yield. In order to maximize the processing of low cost advantaged feedstock, steam cracker flexibility has been increased.
With the aim to convert rich gases produced by the refinery into cracker feedstock, a new unit was built. "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 fuel," said Bernard Pinatel, President, Total Refining & Chemicals. PWKD04122017
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