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Total to focus on integrated Refinery and Petrochemical complex

Total to revamp and upgrade Belgium Antwerp complex

2B1st_Project_Smart_Explorer_Sales_Pursuit_ToolAfter Gonfreville in France and Port Arthur in texas, USA, the French major Total is planning to invest $1.3 billion capital expenditure to revamp and upgrade its integrated refinery and petrochemical complex in Antwerp, Belgium.

With a capacity of 360,000 barrels per day (b/d) Antwerp is the Total largest refinery and petrochemical complex and the second largest in Europe.

Total_Antwerp_Refinery_Revamping_Project_MapInitiated in 2011, the merger between the refining and petrochemical activities should be completed in 2015 and deliver $650 additional net operating income by then.

For Total, the purpose of this major investment is to:

 – Adapt Antwerp products portfolio to the evolution of the demand on the European market

 – Accept a largest variety of crude oil, especially cheaper heavy crude oil with high sulfur content

 – Reduce the emissions of the refined products to meet new environmental regulations

 – Benefit from the integration of the refinery with the petrochemical complex to improve the overall efficiency

The heavy fuels are still used for ships and marine applications the oncoming European regulation will align the maximum emissions of sulfur particles with other vehicles.

Total_Antwerp_Petrochemical_Cracker_ProjectTherefore Total investment in Antwerp will include in fact two projects with the:

 – Revamping and upgrade of the refinery

 – Expansion of the refinery to supply the petrochemical complex with low costs feedstock.

The revamping and upgrade of the refinery will help the refinery to accept more heavy crude oil with higher sulfur content, so this project will comprise:

 – Solvent de-asphalting unit

 – Mild hydrocracking unit

The hydrocracker will have a capacity of 20,000 b/d and will require $700 million capital expenditure from the total budget of $1.3 billion.

Total to substitute flared gas to naphtha in Antwerp

With a total refining capacity remaining unchanged, Total wants to adapt the refinery output to the growing demand of the European market for diesel and declining for standard gasoline.

At the end of the revamping and upgrade of the refinery, the:

 – Diesel production should increase by 3% to 148,000 b/d

 – Gasoline should come down by 10% to 68,000 b/d

 – Heavy fuels should be cut by 30% 

As a result, the Antwerp refinery will deliver desulphurized diesel and ultra low sulfur heating oil.

The expansion of the refinery is designed to gather the flared gas and to convert these low value hydrocarbon gases and other residues into a competitive feedstock for the production of high added value petrochemical products.

Total_Antwerp_Refinery_Revamping_ProjectThe conversion of the flared gas and refinery residues into feedstock will represent up to 40% of the naphtha currently used to supply one cracker of the petrochemical complex.

This competitive feedstock will substitute oil price based naphtha and will generate immediately significant savings in the same time as it will eliminate the carbon dioxide emissions from the previously flared gas.

This major modification was possible and economically viable because the refinery and the petrochemical complex are fully integrated on the Antwerp site.

In parallel to this revamping, upgrade and expansion project of the refinery, Total is also planning too dismantle the smallest and oldest steam cracker.

In the same time Total has already scheduled to close two old polyethylene units as soon as the new lines will be in operations in 2014.

The revamping and upgrade of the Antwerp refinery are due in 2016, while Total expects to benefit from the monetisation of the flared gas into the petrochemical complex on early 2017.

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