Flandres Refinery Repurposing: Pledges Met!

After halting refining operations in Dunkirk, France in 2010, we met our pledges to give the site a new lease of life without laying off personnel and while stimulating the economy and supporting employment in the surrounding area.

New roles. Five years after repurposing began, the Flandres Center is now home to Europe's biggest oil depot, a one-of-kind training school that gives teams the opportunity to learn on full-scale facilities, and a technical support center that provides field-oriented consulting and other services to our refineries. This project did not involve layoffs or compulsory transfers; 260 jobs were maintained onsite.

Agreement with local communities: report card. The Regional Integration Agreement signed with local communities in December 2011 expired in January 2014. All the projects to secure the future and stimulate the regional economy were completed. Some €200 million was invested and more than 800 jobs maintained or created. We provided financial support to businesses interested in moving to the region and to others that needed help to stay. Alongside French power utility EDF and Fluxys, we also invested to build the Dunkerque LNG terminal in Dunkirk’s seaport. The objective is to create an industrial park on the site to encourage other companies to set up operations there. EcoPhos is already building a feed phosphate plant, scheduled for completion in 2017, that will create around 100 jobs.

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The BioTfueL project, in which Total is a partner, is also located at the Dunkirk site. It aims to develop an end-to-end chain of industrial processes to produce advanced biodiesel and biojet fuel. The pilot unit currently under construction is scheduled to be up and running in late 2016. At peak, as many as 300 people will work on building this demonstrator. After it is completed, the actual R&D program will employ about 20 people for at least three years.