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Total opens plant to produce high-purity special fluids

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Total has officially inaugurated production at the company’s new high-purity special fluids facility in Bayport, TX.

New Bayport hydro de-aromatisation facility. Source: Total

New Bayport hydro de-aromatisation facility. Source: Total

The ribbon cutting represents the completion of a EUR90 million investment by the global integrated energy producer and leading international oil and gas organisation.

Second plant in the world

Total’s Bayport hydro de-aromatisation (HDA) plant, the second in the world and modeled on a similar facility in France, will produce a range of 40 different high-purity special fluids for customer use across a wide spectrum of industries including printing inks and coatings.

"Our new Bayport operation illustrates Total’s commitment to our business in the United States,” said Philippe Boisseau, Member of the Executive Committee of Total and President of Marketing & Services. "We will work closely with the Total refining facility in Port Arthur, which will provide some of the feedstock required to produce the high-purity special fluids our customers want and need, as well as the Total Polyethylene facility at Bayport with whom we share the site.” He continued, "The innovative, clean technology is the result of a concerted and combined effort of several Total global business activities, including Refining and Chemicals and Marketing and Services, with knowledge and expertise transfer from engineers in our plant in France.”

Catalytic reaction process

With an annual production capacity of 250KT, the Bayport HDA plant utilises a catalytic reaction process that, when combined with high pressure and distillation, enables the production of very specific high-purity fluids, odorless, colorless, stable and with ultra-low aromatic contents. These high-purity fluids are customized to meet the needs of a wide variety of industrial applications.

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