Integrated refinery & petrochemicals platforms to meet growing global demand
Total is one of the 10 largest integrated industrial groups in the world in hydrocarbon processing. With 45 sites in the four corners of the globe, our refinery and petrochemicals operations give us long-standing expertise and represent 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, Belgium, has benefited from an ambitious modernization 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 miles apart.
These very imposing superstructures boast powerful processing capabilities for a wide variety of oil and natural gas products: fuels, liquefied gas, and polymers used to make 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 our newest platform, SATORP in Saudi Arabia, on line 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 modernized our integrated Daesan complex, the result of our partnership with Hanwha, and doubled 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, Texas integrated platform in the USA by setting up a joint venture (50% Total) with Nova and Borealis. This will give us a presence across the 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. With 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 also limiting our environmental impact.
Along 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.
Similarly, we are constantly working to reduce our sites’ environmental footprints. Between 2010 and 2020, we have pledged to cut our sulfur 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 impact, such 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, and therefore also cuts CO2 emissions.
1 As sole owners or partners