Total's La Mède refinery begins production despite earlier headwinds

July 05, 2019
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Total announced it has started production at its La Mède refinery after a four-year, €275 million upgrade to produce 500,000 MT of renewable diesel. With that comes a 8 MW solar farm, 50,000 m3 AdBlue production unit, and 1.3 million m3 of storage. The La Mede facility is one of several projects expected to come online in the coming years, as global advanced biofuel capacity is projected to grow at a 16% CAGR through 2025. More importantly, Total is able to meet its goal of utilizing more than 25% waste oil feedstock, which will limit total palm oil usage to less than 50% and use at least 8% French-grown rapeseed oil. Lux continues to be bullish on renewable diesel, and several oil and gas players have announced projects in the past year.

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