MOSCOW (MRC) -- French oil and gas company Total has shut down some units at its 247 Mbpd Gonfreville refinery in northern France following a technical incident, a spokesman said Monday, reported Reuters.
The spokesman said the incident occurred in a steam producing unit whose backup was under maintenance.
"The site decided to protectively shutdown some of its units," he said, adding that it was still unclear how much production was affected and when the units would resume.
As MRC wrote before, in late 2014, Total, Europe’s third-largest oil company, permanently shut its high density polyethylene (HDPE) line in Belgium. The plant was shut permanently owing to weak margins which have arisen on account of cheap imports in the region. Located at Antwerp in Belgium, the line has a production capacity of 70,000 mt/year.
Total S.A. is a French multinational oil and gas company and one of the six "Supermajor" oil companies in the world with business in Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Asia. The company's petrochemical products cover two main groups: base chemicals and the consumer polymers (polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene) that are derived from them.