Total to revamp and upgrade Belgium Antwerp complex
After Gonfreville in France and Port Arthur in texas, USA, the French major Total is planning to invest $1.3 billion capital expenditure to revamp and upgrade its integrated refinery and petrochemical complex in Antwerp, Belgium.
Initiated in 2011, the merger between the refining and petrochemical activities should be completed in 2015 and deliver $650 additional net operating income by then.
For Total, the purpose of this major investment is to:
– Adapt Antwerp products portfolio to the evolution of the demand on the European market
– Accept a largest variety of crude oil, especially cheaper heavy crude oil with high sulfur content
– Reduce the emissions of the refined products to meet new environmental regulations
– Benefit from the integration of the refinery with the petrochemical complex to improve the overall efficiency
The heavy fuels are still used for ships and marine applications the oncoming European regulation will align the maximum emissions of sulfur particles with other vehicles.
Therefore Total investment in Antwerp will include in fact two projects with the:
– Revamping and upgrade of the refinery
– Expansion of the refinery to supply the petrochemical complex with low costs feedstock.
The revamping and upgrade of the refinery will help the refinery to accept more heavy crude oil with higher sulfur content, so this project will comprise:
– Solvent de-asphalting unit
– Mild hydrocracking unit
The hydrocracker will have a capacity of 20,000 b/d and will require $700 million capital expenditure from the total budget of $1.3 billion.
Total to substitute flared gas to naphtha in Antwerp
With a total refining capacity remaining unchanged, Total wants to adapt the refinery output to the growing demand of the European market for diesel and declining for standard gasoline.
At the end of the revamping and upgrade of the refinery, the:
– Diesel production should increase by 3% to 148,000 b/d
– Gasoline should come down by 10% to 68,000 b/d
– Heavy fuels should be cut by 30%
As a result, the Antwerp refinery will deliver desulphurized diesel and ultra low sulfur heating oil.
The expansion of the refinery is designed to gather the flared gas and to convert these low value hydrocarbon gases and other residues into a competitive feedstock for the production of high added value petrochemical products.
This competitive feedstock will substitute oil price based naphtha and will generate immediately significant savings in the same time as it will eliminate the carbon dioxide emissions from the previously flared gas.
This major modification was possible and economically viable because the refinery and the petrochemical complex are fully integrated on the Antwerp site.