03/07/2016 - Press release

Total Opens Bayport Plant to Produce High Purity Special Fluids

Bayport HDA Ribbon

New Bayport hydro de-aromatization facility will deliver clean fluids and solvents for use in consumer products, life sciences, agriculture, energy production, and industrial applications

HOUSTON – Total officially inaugurated the production of the company’s new high purity special fluids facility in Bayport, Tex. Today’s ribbon-cutting represents the completion of a $100M investment by the global integrated energy producer and leading international oil and gas organization. 
 
Total’s Bayport hydro de-aromatization (HDA) plant, the second in the world - 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 industry including pharmaceuticals, crop protection, water treatment, printing inks, paints and coatings and cosmetics. With an annual production capacity of 250KT, and ideally situated to supply the biggest markets in the world, the Bayport facility will also produce synthetic biodegradable fluids for on- and off-shore drilling in keeping with Total’s commitment to the use of clean drilling fluids for exploration and production operations.  
 
“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.” 
 
Boisseau continued, “The innovative, clean technology we will provide to our customers from Bayport 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.”  
 
The Bayport HDA plant utilizes 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. Overall employee headcount at the Bayport site is approximately 110. Construction of the new facility, located within Total’s existing Port Road operations, provided jobs for approximately 400 different workers and tradesmen during the built-out. The construction phase was completed in little over one year, and the entire project was completed with an excellent Safety Performance of 769,000 hours worked without incident or Lost Time Injury.
 
Total’s Bayport opening comes just weeks after the opening of a multi-million dollar innovation center in Grand Rapids, Michigan by Total’s automotive and aerospace company Hutchinson. 
 
 
About Total Special Fluids 
 
Total Special Fluids Division markets products in more than 50 countries through a network of over 150 dedicated employees in Total’s local Marketing Affiliates. Total has been actively selling high-purity fluids in the United States through its affiliate Total Specialties USA Inc. since 2004. The start up of Bayport HDA Plant will bring production capacity to 720kt worldwide, reinforcing Total’s position as one of the leading suppliers in a very specialized and technical market. Product development and Research are a key element in tailoring our products to meet the ever changing requirements of our customers. We also operate in a changing regulatory environment, in which our world-leading technology and purity of products enables s to meet and exceed the growing requirement for low-toxic, environmentally friendly products. www.totalspecialfluids.com 
 
About Total Marketing & Services in the U.S. 
 
Total Marketing and Services operates in the USA through its 100% owned affiliate Total Specialties USA Inc, based in Houston. The company is commercially active in all of the contiguous States through its 4 main businesses: Lubricants, Special Fluids, Marine Fuels and Aviation Fuels (the latter two contributing strongly to Total’s international network for Global Business partners). The quality of its products and commitment to customer service has supported strong growth in the last 5 years. The new Bayport facility provides a strong boost in activity to a company that already operates 3 facilities and employs more than 150 people.  Learn more at: www.totalspecialties.com
 
About Total in the United States
 
Total has been active in the United States since 1957.  With headquarters in Houston, Texas, our US businesses span the energy sector and are involved in Exploration & Production, Refining & Chemicals, Marketing & Services, Natural Gas Trading & Marketing, Crude Oil and Refined Products Trading & Marketing, Specialty Chemicals, and New Energies. Learn more at: http://us.total.com
 
About Total
 
Total is a global integrated energy producer and provider, a leading international oil and gas company, and the world’s second-ranked solar energy operation with SunPower. Our 100,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative and accessible to as many people as possible. As a responsible corporate citizen, we focus on ensuring that our operations in more than 130 countries worldwide consistently deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. total.com