Total expected to convert its long running Grandpuits refinery into a zero-crude platform by 2024
Total SA of France announced recently that it would end crude oil processing at its long running Grandpuits refinery in Seine-et-Marne in 2021 and convert it into a bio-industrial plant in the next four years.
The company will invest over $586 million on a four-pronged approach towards renewable options, include renewable diesel production for aviation purposes, bioplastics production, plastic recycling, and the addition of two photovoltaic solar power plants. Total added that even though crude oil refining will cease at the 101,000 bpd refinery, local markets needs will not be affected since Total’s 219,000 bpd Donges refinery will fill those requirements.
This new zero crude platform will be comprised of three new industrial sections. First is a bio-refinery capable of processing 400,000 tpy of animal fats and cooking oil into 170,000 tons of renewable aviation fuel, 120,000 tons of renewable diesel and 50,000 tons of renewable naphtha in 2024. Next would be a bioplastics plant with a planned production capacity of 100,000 tpy in 2024, and finally, a plastics recycling plant that would convert plastic waste into feedstock for eventual polymer production. Two photovoltaic solar plants will also be built nearby with a combined 52 MWp.
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From the April 2018 issue of Hydrocarbon Processing