Berre L Etang Refinery

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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Lyondell Basell
  • Website:
  • Location: Berre l’Etang, near Marseille in the south of France
  • Capacity: 4.0 million tons/annum & 80,000 bbl/day
  • Nelson Complexity: 6.7

Refining Units

  • Crude Distillation Unit
  • Vacuum Distillation Unit
  • FCC
  • Tail Gas Treatment Unit

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • LyondellBasell sources majority of its crude requirement from PDVSA Oil

Products Produced

  • LPG, naphtha, jet fuel, gasoline, heating oil, bitumen, fuel oil and gasoil.

Ongoing Projects

  • LyondellBasell is looking to sell the refinery and has mothballed the site

Other Information

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  • 1998 - Capacity reduced from 125,000 to 80,000 bbls/day
  • 2007 - Basell agreed to purchase the refinery from Shell
  • 2008 - The EU gave consent to the deal
  • 2011 - The refinery was mothballed
  • 2011 - LyondellBasell announced it was to Seek Buyer the Refinery

Relevant Links

  1. Refinery Webpage
  2. Saipem Sulphur Block Units
  3. Royal Dutch Shell progresses sale of its Berre-l'Etang refinery site complex
  4. Commission approves proposed acquisition of Berre Refinery by Basell
  6. RIL’s acquisition of LyondellBasell to bring greater synergies
  7. LyondellBasell to Seek Buyer for Berre, France Refinery
  8. Statement from Jean Gadbois, General Manager of the Berre Site

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