Integrated refinery & petrochemicals platforms to meet growing global demand
Total is one of the world's top 10 operators in hydrocarbon processing. With 45 sites around the world, our refining and petrochemicals activities give us long-standing expertise and are a key element in our integrated model. We have developed our industrial facilities by investing in platforms combining refining and petrochemicals units. These six superstructures enable us to meet growing global demand while keeping production costs down.
In 2017, we announced the launch of a major petrochemical project at Port Arthur in Texas, USA.
The result of a joint venture between Total and Saudi Aramco in Saudi Arabia, SATORP is one of the 10 most efficient refineries in the world.
Our largest refinery and petrochemicals platform in Europe, in Antwerp in Belgium, has benefited from an ambitious modernisation plan.
The Laffan refinery operated by Qatargas in Ras Laffan, Qatar.
Polypropylene unit at the Normandy petrochemicals platform in France.
In South Korea, our Group and Hanwha are partners in the Daesan refinery and petrochemicals plant.
More flexible, integrated platforms
By 2020, global demand for oil products is set to rise by 1.1% a year, and for polymers by 3.3% a year. To meet this demand, we are focusing our major investments on large, ultra-modern platforms that combine refinery and petrochemical operations, even though these two areas of expertise are traditionally separate, often several thousand kilometres apart.
These imposing superstructures boast powerful processing capabilities for a wide variety of oil and natural gas products: fuels, liquefied gas, and polymers used in the manufacture of many everyday products. They also enable us to adapt more rapidly to our customers’ changing needs, supply costs and national regulations.
In order to supply as many customers as possible, we now have holdings1 in six integrated platforms in Europe, the USA, Asia and the Middle East. In partnership with Saudi Aramco, we brought the latest of these, SATORP in Saudi Arabia, on stream in 2014. It is one of the largest integrated platforms in the world: over 1,000 employees process more than 400,000 barrels of crude oil every day.
In South Korea, we have modernised our integrated Daesan complex, which we operate in partnership with Hanwha, doubling its production capacity. In April 2017, we announced our intention to expand the platform’s steam cracker.
In 2017, we launched new projects at our Port Arthur integrated platform in the USA. We are setting up a joint venture (50% Total) with Nova and Borealis which will integrate across the entire ethylene value chain, thanks to the construction of a world-class ethane cracker at Port Arthur and a new polyethylene unit on our Bayport site, to start up in late 2020. Through this partnership, we are aiming to become a leading polyethylene player in the United States.
Platforms that do more, and do it better
Our integrated platforms are designed to produce a wide variety of resources and derivative products, while limiting our environmental impact.
Together with our other refinery and chemicals sites around the world, these platforms contribute to the commitments Total has made to improve its energy efficiency by 1% a year on average between 2010 and 2020. It has increased by nearly 9% since 2010.
We are also constantly working to reduce the environmental footprint of our sites. Between 2010 and 2020, we have committed to cut our sulphur dioxide emissions in half.
We are also taking part in Operation Clean Sweep®, an initiative by the World Plastics Council aiming to eliminate the industrial disposal of plastic waste in waterways and oceans.
Lastly, new procedures mean we can continue to improve our environmental performance, as at our integrated platform in Antwerp, Belgium. Previously used as fuels in its refinery's furnaces, the gases produced from oil refining are now used as feedstock in its petrochemical units. This avoids burning gas, thereby reducing CO2 emissions.
1 As sole owners or partners