Total SA akan menginvestasikan 163.6 juta dolar untuk membangun 1 juta ton/tahun desulfurization unit di kilang minyak Leuna di Jerman pada tahun 2009. Total akan menyediakan pasar dalam negeri dengan ultralow-sulfur heating oil.

Penulis : Uchenna Izundu

Leuna, which Total described as one of the most efficient refineries in Europe, has a capacity of 11.4 million tonnes/year and is able to process sour crude without producing heavy fuel oil.

Total said the project is part of its strategy to upgrade its refining base. It follows the commissioning of a distillate hydrocracker at the 140,600 b/d Normandy refinery in late 2006, the construction of a desulfurization unit and steam methane reformer at the 221,280 b/d Lindsey Oil refinery in the UK, and desulfurization capacity extensions carried out or under way at the Flandres, Provence, and 115,600 b/d Feyzin refineries in France.