Issue Date: March 16, 2009
Total Revamps Its Chemicals In France
French oil company Total is investing more than $290 million to improve the competitiveness of its petrochemical activities in France. The firm will modernize its ethylene and high-density polyethylene facilities in Gonfreville. It will close polystyrene and low-density polyethylene plants at the site and consolidate polystyrene production in Carling. Also closing are a low-density polyethylene line in Carling and a secondary butanol plant in Notre-Dame-de-Gravenchon. Fellow French firm Arkema says the lack of butanol feedstock from Total is leading it to close its methyl ethyl ketone plant in La Chambre.
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