TOTAL COMPLETES UPGRADE OF ANTWERP REFINERY

December 04, 2017

Total has inaugurated the new units at its Antwerp integrated refining & petrochemicals platform, which have progressively started up in the last few months. This event marks the completion of the upgrade program launched in 2013 of one of the largest and most efficient integrated refining & petrochemicals platforms in Europe. Thus, the company has invested more than €1 billion to further improve the competitiveness of this major site located in the heart of Europe’s main markets. Total also announced a logistics project last August to connect the platform to the neighboring storage terminal via a new pipeline and the expansion of the terminal’s capacities to maximize product value.
Located in the city’s port area, the Antwerp facility has three production sites that form an integrated refining and petrochemical platform, processing 338,000 barrels of oil per day and 1.1 million tons of ethylene per year. The complex produces various petroleum products, such as gasoline, LPG, diesel, heavy fuel oil and jet fuel. It also manufactures base chemicals — olefins, C4 fractions and aromatic hydrocarbons — some of which are used to make high-density polyethylene, a polymer. Its products are used in a number of consumer and industrial applications, such as packaging and automotive components. The Antwerp platform employs around 1,700 people. (Source: Total)