Total pumps 1,1 billion euro in Antwerp refinery
French oil giant Total has rounded up a 1,1 billion investment operation to make its Antwerp refinery, the company’s biggest in Europe, a state-of-the-art example of efficiency and sustainability. It will produce less heavy fuel for shipping and focus on ‘less polluting, lighter fuels’ .
Cleaner shipping fuels
The investment was announced in 2013 and the new installation was now inaugurated on Thursday after four years of complex works, totaling some 14 million man-hours, 6.000 tons of pipe lines and 775 kilometres of cable.
On the Antwerp site, where 1.700 people are working, the new refinery installation can now produce cleaner shipping fuels instead of the sulphurous heavy fuel used mostly by ships today, which is to be restricted by Europe in the near future.
Captured gas emissions
Total invested a lot of money and technology to make the steam crackers more flexible to output several products when needed and surplus production of the refinery like captured gas emissions, can be used in the chemical industry. The site is also able to process cheaper raw materials like methane gas, coming from Norway.
According to CEO Patrick Pouyanné worldwide competition, with American shale oil in particular, has forced Total to act swiftly in “concentrating on higher added value products and applying with the most stringent environmental standards at the same time”.