Near Le Havre, the largest refinery in France will be shut down for two months


Effective September 4, 2019, the Total refinery, near Le Havre (Seine-Maritime), will be shut down for approximately two months, due to construction and inspection.

The Total refinery, near Le Havre, will be shut down for two months.
The Total refinery, near Le Havre, will be shut down for two months. (© Total Normandy platform)

In the context of a major operation maintenance work accompanied by inspection, the Total platform refinery, located in Gonfreville l'Orcher, near the Havre (Seine-Maritime), will be shut down for approximately two months beginning September 4, 2019.

In a statement sent Friday, August 30, the group said:

Projects on safety and the environment will be carried out, along with maintenance and inspection work

The ambition of the Total group is "to improve theenergetic efficiency facilities, reduce CO2 emissions and increase the operational and economic performance of the platform. "

Total cost of the operation: 110 million euros.

Read also: Four chimneys of the old refinery Petroplus destroyed, near Rouen

Noise and visual noise

This Grand Stop is not new. It takes place every seven years, in accordance with the regulations, and follows the Grand Stop of the petrochemical site which took place in 2018 and for which 50 million euros were invested. Moreover, the Donges refinery was also arrested in May 2019 for several weeks.

This decision will generate more than one million hours of work and will welcome more than 3,000 external stakeholders. For the inhabitants of the area, Total warns: "the phases of shutdown and restart of the units are likely to generate noise and visual nuisances", without giving more details about these nuisances.

With this interruption of activity, can we fear a fuel shortage ? No, because a reorganization is carried out upstream, as explained by the director of hygiene and safety of the site to our colleagues of West France.

Note that the Total Normandie platform is the largest of France with 12% of the refining capacity of the country. On its site, it includes a refinery, a petrochemical site and a polymer manufacturing site.

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