MOSCOW (MRC) -- French oil major TotalEnergies' Feyzin refinery was hit by a fire overnight, but the fire has been rapidly brought under control and nobody has been hurt, said Reuters.
It added that certain units at the site near Lyon will have to adapt their activity but that the company will continue to ensure supply to its network of gas stations and to its customers.
A CGT union official had said earlier that refining activities at the site would be halted in the next 24 to 48 hours at following a major fire overnight.
Total has had a string of issues at its French refineries in recent years. The 240,000 b/d Gonfreville refinery near Le Havre only resumed crude runs in June following a fire at the end of 2019. Cracks in a pipeline that supplied crude to the 93,000 b/d Grandpuits refinery were discovered last year, forcing the plant to shut ahead of schedule. Grandpuits was already earmarked for conversion into a biorefinery. A previous pipeline leak shut the refinery in June 2014.
Leaks in the pipeline supplying Feyzin forced a three-week shutdown in the summer of 2019. And a crack was also found earlier this year in a pipeline that supplies crude to TotalEnergies' 222,000 b/d Donges refinery. Donges was shut on economic grounds at the time and is due to remain closed until next year.
Ethylene and propylene are the main feedstocks for the production of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), respectively.
According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PE consumption totalled 1,396,960 tonnes in January-July 2021, up by 7% year on year. Shipments of all grades of ethylene polymers increased. At the same time, PP shipments to the Russian market were 841,990 tonnes in the first seven months of 2021, up by 29% year on year. Supply of propylene homopolymers (homopolymer PP) and block-copolymers of propylene (PP block copolymers) increased, whereas supply of statistical copolymers of propylene (PP random copolymers) subsided.
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.