Adapting Our Production Facilities to a Changing Market
The European market is changing: it wants less heavy fuel oil and more diesel. And regulations keep pushing sulfur content lower and lower. But you can't just punch a few buttons and make those adjustments in a refinery. After extensive work, new units will enable the Antwerp refinery to meet these needs starting in 2016.
1,700 jobs at the Antwerp complex.
Improving Industrial and Environmental Performance
We’ll do this by stepping up streams among the complex’s three sites. For example, going forward, the off-gas produced from oil refining, now used strictly as fuel in refinery furnaces, will be recovered and utilized as feedstock in petrochemical units. A plus that will also shrink the complex’s environmental footprint.
When the makeover of the Antwerp complex is complete in 2017, it will be one of our most competitive facilities in Europe. It will also use valuable natural resources more responsibly.