Total Raffinaderij Antwerpen

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Summary Information

  • Ownership: Total
  • Website:
  • Location: Antwerp Belgium
  • Capacity: 18 million tonnes per year, 360,000 barrels per day
  • Nelson Complexity: 8.4

Brief Description

  • The refinery is a very large medium complexity refinery. It is Total's largest and Europe's second largest refinery complex.

Refining Units

  • crude distillation units: 348,000 bbls/day
  • vacuum distillation unit: 100,000 bbls/day
  • Reformer: 48,000 bbls/day
  • Fluidised catalytic crackers: 104,000 bbls/day
  • Visbreaker unit: 34,000 bbls/day
  • Diesel Desulphurisation Unit
  • Gasoline Desulphurisation Unit - 57,500 bbls/day
  • Sulphur Recovery Unit
  • Cogeneration unit (126 MW)

Terminal Capacity

  • Crude Oil:
  • Refined Products:

Crude Supply

  • Supertankers unload crude oil at the Rotterdam MET terminal.
  • This crude oil, with a low or a high sulphur content, is transported to Antwerp by pipeline

Products Produced

  • Products produced include gasoline, diesel and kerosene for the European and American markets, as well as into base products including naphtha, butane and aromatics for the petrochemicals sector.

Ongoing Projects

  • In 2008, Jacobs Engineering received a contract from Total Refinery Antwerp (TRA) to provide detailed design, engineering, procurement, and construction management services for a fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit waste gas treatment project
  • In 2012 Foster Wheeler was awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCm) services contract for the revamp of a hydrodesulfurization unit
  • In 2013 Total announced the Total Antwerp Refinery Upgrading Project, which will include the addition of a Solvent De-asphalting Unit and hydrocracker

Other Information

  • Located in the port of Antwerp, Total Raffinaderij Antwerpen is the largest and most complex refinery of the Total Group, and Europe’s second largest refinery by size. Total Raffinaderij Antwerpen is the vital link in Total’s integrated petrochemical complex in Belgium.
  • Fina Antwerp Olefins, the Group’s nearby monomer plant, processes these base products in its steamcrackers into light fractions, namely ethylene, butadiene and propylene. These are then used by the Antwerp and Feluy polymer plants to manufacture polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene.
  • The commissioning in April 2005 of a new gasoline desulphurisation plant soon illustrated the refinery’s commitment to optimising its industrial tool in anticipation of new, stricter European specifications on fuel. From its startup, this new plant has helped reduce the sulphur content of gasoline to 10 ppm, in accordance with the standards due to come into effect by 2009


  • 1951 - Refinery Commissioned
  • 2005 - Gasoline desulphurisation unit commissioned
  • 2008 - Shaw awarded contract for fluid catalytic cracker (FCC) unit waste gas treatment project
  • 2012 - Foster Wheeler was awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCm) services contract for the revamp of a hydrodesulfurization unit
  • 2013 - Two contractors killed in an accident
  • 2014 - Contracts awarded for Off Gas project

Relevant Links

  1. Total Belgium
  2. FACTBOX-Total's European refineries
  3. Inauguration of a new desulphurisation unit at Total Antwerp refinery (Belgium)
  4. Total Raffinaderij Antwerpen Brochure
  5. Europe’s largest Prime-G+ unit for the Antwerp Refinery
  6. Jacobs Receives Contract From Total for a Sulfur Oxides Emission Reduction Project
  7. Total Antwerp Refinery (TAR), Cegelec
  8. Foster Wheeler Awarded EPCm Contract by TOTAL for Hydrodesulfurization Unit Revamp in Belgium
  9. Fatal accident on the Antwerp Platform
  10. New Awards In Oil And Gas Sector In Belgium

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