Total is one of the world’s top ten integrated oil and gas processing companies. Our facilities include the immense Antwerp refining and petrochemicals complex, our largest in Europe. To meet growing global demand and address new market trends, we upgraded and adapted the site to focus production on higher-value-added products that meet the most stringent environmental standards. The aim is to make the complex one of the top performers in the industry.
A Highly Efficient Integrated Complex
An Extensive Upgrade
- OPTARA (OPTimization of the Antwerp-Rotterdam-Amsterdam area) Project: The atmospheric residue desulfurization (ARDS) unit was revamped; this included expanding the capacity of one of its trains and converting the other into a mild hydrocracker. A new deasphalting unit and a new distillation train for the hydrocracker were built. The aim is to transform more heavy fuel oil into light products that meet the new E.U. specifications.
- ROG (Refinery Off-Gas) Project: A unit was built to recover gas produced by the refinery and transform it into a feedstock for petrochemicals, to replace more expensive naphtha.
- Ethane Project: One of the complex’s two steam crackers was revamped and the site’s logistics adapted so that it could import 200,000 tons of ethane per year from Norway by ship. The project gives the steam cracker more flexibility, allowing it to run on ethane, butane or naphtha. Advantaged feedstocks may account for over 50% of total supply.
The project illustrates Total’s strategy of upgrading its major integrated complexes such as Antwerp and expanding its petrochemical production using advantaged feedstock. Other examples are the capital spending projects in the United States and South Korea