Total begins operations at biorefinery in France

By Erin Voegele | July 08, 2019

Total announced July 3 it has started up production at its La Mède biorefinery in southeastern France. The company has been working since to 2015 to convert the former oil refinery into a new energies complex.

The facility now has the capacity to produce 500,000 metric tons of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) biofuel annually. Total said the facility will produce both biodiesel and biojet fuel. Up to 70 percent of the feedstock entering the facility is expected to be sustainable vegetable oils, the remaining feedstock will come from treated waste. As part of an agreement with the French government, Total has pledged to process no more than 300,000 metric tons of palm oil per year and use at least 50,000 metric tons of French-grown rapeseed. All of the oils produced at the biorefinery are certified sustainable to European Union standards.

The biorefinery also features an 8-megawatt solar farm, a unit to produce 50,000 cubic meters of AdBlue, which reduces nitrogen oxide emissions from trucks, a logistics and storage hub with a capacity of 13 million cubic meters per year, and a training center.

Additional information is available on the Total website