Total Refinery launches project to improve its competitiveness further
The TOTAL Refinery Mitteldeutschland held on April 26th 2019 the foundation stone ceremony for a 150-million-euro project to reduce the production of heavy products and raise the production of methanol.
The aim of this investment is to reduce the production of heavy products as demand for them decreases, while increasing the production of methanol, which is one of the most important raw materials in the chemical industry. With this investment, Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland is deepening its integration into the petrochemical industry and thus increasing its competitiveness.
The increase in methanol production is made possible by the increase in production of the visbreaker plant combined with the upgrade of the POX/methanol plant.
The work will continue until the end of 2021, with part of the work being carried out during the major turnaround of the refinery planned for 2020, which will involve up to 4000 workers at peak times. The cost of the major turnaround will also be approximately €150 million.
"This project contributes to the further integration of the plant into the petrochemical industry and thus also improves the competitiveness of the Leuna refinery, which is one of the most modern in Europe," explains refinery manager Dr. Willi Frantz.
"The TOTAL Refinery is the heart of the Leuna Chemical Park and an important driving force for our entire economy. It is important that this heart continues to beat strongly. I would like to thank the parent company TOTAL for the trust it has placed in the Leuna site, which it has underscored with the planned major investment. The refinery is a natural part of the region, which is also reflected in its multifaceted commitment to education, culture and sport. stresses Dr. Reiner Haseloff, Minister President of the State of Saxony-Anhalt.
"The TOTAL project is of particular importance for InfraLeuna. It secures the strong Leuna material network, which, together with our flexible energy network, will help the chemical location of the city of Leuna to become a major location for the production of chemicals.