Total opens refurbished Carling Petrochemical Complex in France
Total has opened the revamped Carling-Saint-Avold petrochemical complex in eastern France after completion of three years of refurbishment works.
In September 2013, Total adapted the Carling site and invested nearly €200m to upgrade existing facilities and develop new units to increase its competitiveness to make it a leading polymer production site in Europe.
Total chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanné said: “Announced in 2013, the Carling upgrade project has been successfully completed.
“The complex has transitioned from a site producing commodities facing intense competition to a high-value site aligned with market demand.
“In 2013, the group pledged to an ambitious adaptation plan for Carling, securing the future of all those concerned.
“I would like to thank the teams that made this model evolution possible. I am proud to say that Total has fulfilled its pledge.”
The company noted that the adaptation of the Carling-Saint-Avold complex did not involve layoffs or compulsory staff transfers.
All its employees received a personalised plan, which includes transfers, retirement or assistance to create their own business.
Under the revamp programme, polystyrene production capacity was increased by upgrading the polyethylene unit to deliver advanced plastics.
Refurbishment works also included construction of a new unit to manufacture polypropylene compounds to serve automotive market demand.
A separate new unit was developed to produce RICON and KRASOL resins that offer prolonged adhesion, longevity and damping properties.
Total also signed four agreements with French authorities to support the local stakeholders.
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