La Mède, One of Europe's largest biorefineries
A forward-looking multipurpose facility
The creation of the La Mède biorefinery is part of a global transformation project of the platform that includes five other components:
1. Development of Avgas production
The project includes plans to develop the production of Avgas (a fuel used in civil aviation) thanks to the continued operation of the existing reforming unit. Total is France’s sole producer of Avgas. The reforming unit will also enable us to continue to supply the local petrochemical industry and provide the necessary hydrogen to the biorefinery.
2. Creation of a flexible, multimodal storage logistics hub
A new logistics and storage hub for diesel, gasoline, jet fuel and heating oil started operations in April 2017. With a capacity of 1.3 million cubic meters, it contributes to the activity of the Marseille Fos Port.
3. Creation of an AdBlue production plant
The facility will include an AdBlue production plant with a capacity of 50,000 cubic meters per year. AdBlue is an additive that reduces nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel engines in trucks and passenger vehicles.
4. Launch of an OLEUM training center
The facility hosts Total’s second OLEUM training center. Modeled after the center of the same name at our Flanders facility near Dunkirk in northern France, this training center for industry professions is one of the world’s few such facilities based in a real industrial complex. The center will be able to train up to 2,000 people a year.
The La Mède OLEUM center will also provide a digital demonstration platform to experiment Group digital projects under real operating conditions in Total’s industrial environment.
5. Construction of a high-efficiency solar farm
In late 2017, a solar farm equipped with high-efficiency cells produced by the Group’s affiliate SunPower will come on stream at the La Mède facility. It will have a production capacity of 8 megawatts, enough to meet the energy needs of a city of 13,000 people.