The abundance of available gas in the United States as result of the shale revolution provides two advantages for petrochemicals: access to low-cost energy to run the facilities and competitively priced feedstock. From crude oil to transportation fuels, hydrocarbons to polymers, Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc., a subsidiary of Total USA, has developed ideas, products, and services that have made it one of the top suppliers in the world.
Based in Houston, Texas since 2000, the company operates a Port Arthur, Texas refinery and world class manufacturing facilities all over the United States. In petrochemicals, Total operates one of the world’s largest polypropylene plants, in La Porte, Texas; the world’s largest polystyrene plant, in Carville, Louisiana; and high density polyethylene (HDPE) lines in Bayport, Texas.
Plans to expand Total’s presence in US petrochemicals include a proposed joint venture to build a new ethane cracker alongside its world-class integrated platform in Port Arthur and expansion of polyethylene capacity at the Bayport site.
In 2010, Total acquired an interest in Amyris, based in Emeryville, California, a company specializing in biotechnologies. Amyris’s expertise lies in selecting and optimizing microorganisms, such as yeasts, in order to transform sugar into various molecules of interest for fuels and specialty chemicals.
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Located in Port Arthur, Texas, this joint venture of Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc (40%) and BASF Corporation (60%) consists of three plants including one of the world’s largest naphtha steam crackers, which transforms crude oil and natural gas into chemical building blocks for many consumer and industrial goods.