March 2009

Trends and Resources

HP Construction: Europe

 Total Petrochemicals recently started up a revamped styrene unit at its petrochemicals facility in Gonfreville-l'Orcher, France. With capacity expanded by 210,000 metric tpy, the 600,000-metric..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

 Total Petrochemicals recently started up a revamped styrene unit at its petrochemicals facility in Gonfreville-l'Orcher, France. With capacity expanded by 210,000 metric tpy, the 600,000-metric tpy unit will be one of the largest in Europe. The unit's startup is part of the industrial restructuration project launched by Total Petrochemicals in France in the spring of 2007. Central to this plan, Total Petrochemicals' styrene business in Europe has been rescaled and consolidated at the Gonfreville complex, resulting in the shutdown of the Carling unit in France. This reduced overall styrene production capacity by 120,000 metric tpy. Project capital expenditure amounted to €320

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