Determination helps Total adapt to the changing landscape

Port Arthur Refinery’s Deep Conversion Project (DCP) in Texas allows the site to process a wider range of oils from heavy to light crudes and adapt to new American specifications for distillates. From plans to revamp existing units to the addition of new ones, the refinery underwent an extensive transformation that redefined the facility’s output.

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    Coke drums arriving: these 404-ton drums were one of the reasons for the construction of the Heavy Haul Road that supported transportation of heavy equipment.

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    The new Sulfur Block: new sulfur units were necessary to enable the refinery to process crude oils containing high amounts of sulfur and make cleaner burning fuels.

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    Rallying together: Total employees volunteered to help those affected by the hurricane and the refinery provided basic necessities to workers in need.

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    New equipment: The Distillate Hydroheater (DHT-3) produces Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel, marketed in the United States. It contains less than 15 ppm of sulfur.

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    Working safely: During the busiest times, 4,700 workers and refinery employees were at the site daily. No matter the challenge, safety remained the top priority. The DCP won a Group Safety Award in recognition of its outstanding safety performance.

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    Careful placement: At 922 tons, the DHT-3’s reactor was the heaviest single equipment item to be placed during the project. Setting it into position took years of planning and the use of some of the most advanced construction equipment in the world.

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    The Coke Drums being moved into position: Many people saw the placement of the drums as the most monumental milestone of the Deep Conversion Project.

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    Making improvements: Existing refinery heaters were retrofitted with high energy efficiency, ultra low emissions burners.

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Weathering the Storm

When a hurricane hit the Golden Triangle region during construction, employees rallied to help one another address damages at home, make the necessary repairs at the refinery and bring the DCP back on track in a matter of days. It took confidence in our people and the Port Arthur community, financial muscle for the multi-billion dollar project and determination to boldly forge ahead.

Minding the Environment

The DCP focused on environmental matters too by adding products like the cleanest burning gasoline and ultra low sulfur diesel. What’s more, careful attention was paid to help protect nearby marsh lands and wildlife. The fact is, Total not only believes in adapting to meet current energy demands, we also believe in adapting to preserve our world for the future.

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