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GE Compression Technology to support expansion of Total’s Antwerp refinery

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

GE Oil & Gas has announced that it will provide Total S.A. with a variety of its compressors for a refinery off-gas (ROG) expansion project at its Antwerp, Belgium, refinery complex. The project is part of Total’s US$ 1.3 billion overall investment to expand and enhance the capabilities of the refinery.

The compression equipment, ordered by the Italian engineering, procurement and construction company Kinetics Technology – a subsidiary of the Maire Tecnimont group - will be installed at the Antwerp refinery. It will convert low value refinery off gases into a low cost petrochemical feedstock be recovering significant amounts of valuable hydrocarbons that would otherwise be burned as fuel. This ROG project enables Total to recover hydrocarbons by processing them as feed streams in the existing naphtha cracker, replacing the need for expensive oil based naphtha feeds.

The US$ 33 million order includes multiple trains of motor driven ethylene and propylene refrigeration, saturates and unsaturated off-gas compressors and a turboexpander-driven compressor together with GE’s project management, parts and installation services.

Girish Saligram, General Manager, GE Oil & Gas Downstream Products & Services Business, commented: “This latest order with Total underscores the intense focus that our customers have on improving the operating efficiency of their plants. We worked very closely with Total and KT Technimont to tailor the design of our equipment to meet specific operational goals and to package our compressors and driver technology for the project needs”.

GE’s equipment is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of 2015 to support the start up of the expanded ROG facility in early 2017.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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