UpdateTotal mulls 'future project' at French Carling site

30 August 2013 17:17  [Source: ICIS news]

(updates with comment from Total)

LONDON (ICIS)--Total is considering a "future project" at its Carling petrochemicals site in northeast France, a spokesperson for the French energy and petrochemicals major said on Friday.

However, Total spokeswoman Victoria Chanial would not comment on a press report that the company may be preparing to close its naphtha cracker at Carling.

"I can confirm that a work council meeting has been planned for 4 September" to discuss a "future project" at Carling, Chanial told ICIS.

"Under French law, I cannot give you further details," she added.

Business daily Les Echoes, citing a union official, reported earlier on Friday that Total may be preparing to close down the Carling cracker within the next two to three years.

According to ICIS's plant's and project's database, Total's Carling cracker has a capacity of 320,000 tonnes/year of ethylene. Four years ago, Total had already closed down an older cracker unit at Carling.

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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