Asia and the Middle East

TOTAL is continuing to expand in growth areas and is developing sites in countries with favorable access to raw materials.

In Saudi Arabia, the joint venture Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Company (SATORP), created in 2008 by TOTAL (37.5%) and Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabian Oil Company, 62.5%), built and operates a 400 kb / d refinery in Jubail. Saudi Aramco plans to retain a 37.5% interest in SATORP, with the remaining 25% expected to be listed on the Saudi stock exchange. Most of the various units of SATORP were gradually commissioned in 2013 and the commercial exports of petroleum products started in September 2013. The startup phase was successfully completed in the first half of 2014 and production reached full capacity in mid-2014.

The configuration of this refinery is designed for processing heavy crudes produced in Saudi Arabia and selling fuels and other light products that meet strict specifications and that are mainly intended for export. The refinery is also integrated with petrochemical units: a 700 kt / y paraxylene unit, a 200 kt / y propylene unit, and a 140 kt / y benzene unit.

In China, TOTAL holds a 22.4% stake in WEPEC, a company that operates a refinery located in Dalian and that also produces

The Group is also active through its 200 kt / y capacity polystyrene plant in Foshan in the Guangzhou region. A new polystyrene compounds unit started up on this site in the first quarter of 2013. In September 2014, TOTAL also successfully began production on a new 200 kt / y polystyrene plant in Ningbo in the Shanghai region.

Finally, TOTAL is continuing to study a project in Inner Mongolia to produce polyolefins from coal (refer to point below, Coal to polymers).

In South Korea, TOTAL holds a 50% stake in Samsung Total Petrochemicals Co. Ltd. (STC), which operates the petrochemical complex in Daesan (condensate splitter, steam cracker, styrene, paraxylene, polyolefins). To keep up with growth in Asian markets, two major construction projects were completed in 2014, thereby doubling the site’s capacity compared to 2011. The following two units were thus started up successfully in February and July 2014, respectively:

  • a new EVA unit with about 240 kt / y capacity; and
  • a new aromatics unit with a capacity of 1.5 Mt / y of paraxylene and benzene, the raw material of which is supplied by a new condensate splitter that also produces kerosene (1.5 Mt / y) and diesel (1.0 Mt / y).

The site’s paraxylene production capacity increased as a result of these new units to 1.8 Mt / y.

In November 2014, Samsung, which holds a 50% stake in STC, announced the divestment of 81% of its interest in the SGC company, which holds its interest in STC. This divestment is expected to be completed by mid-2015. The Group does not expect this transaction to have a material impact on the joint venture’s operations.

In Qatar, the Group holds interests(1) in two ethane-based steam crackers (Qapco, Ras Laffan Olefin Cracker (RLOC)) and four polyethylene lines (Qapco, Qatofin), including the Qatofin linear low-density polyethylene plant in Messaied with a capacity of 450 kt / y and a new 300 kt / y low-density polyethylene line operated by Qapco, which started up in 2012.

TOTAL holds a 10% stake in the Ras Laffan condensate refinery, which has a capacity of 146 kb / d. The construction project to double the refinery’s capacity started in April 2014 and is expected to be completed in 2016. The project also includes a new diesel hydrotreating unit, which was commissioned in May 2014.

In Singapore, the Group sold its 95 kt / y capacity polystyrene production site in November 2014.


(1) TOTAL interests: Qapco (20%); Qatofin (49%); RLOC (22.5%).