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Total inaugurates revamped petrochemical complex

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Total has announced that it has inaugurated its revamped Carling – Saint-Avold petrochemical complex in eastern France.

The inauguration follows three years of transformational work, which was originally announced in September 2013.

Total has invested nearly €200 million to upgrade existing facilities and build new, higher value-added units to improve the site’s competitiveness. The petrochemical complex has been turned into a leading polymer production site in Europe.

The company confirmed that the adaptation of the complex did not involve layoffs or compulsory staff transfers. Each employee was offered a personalised plan, such as transfers to other positions within the group, retirement or assistance to create their own businesses.

Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Total, 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, thereby 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.”

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