Total, Domo inaugurates €60 million benzene project

Total, Domo inaugurates €60 million benzene project

5:37 AM, 4th June 2018
Total, Domo inaugurates €60 million benzene project
Representatives of both the companies at the inauguration ceremony.

LEUNA, GERMANY: Total Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland and Domo Chemicals have inaugurated the 60-million-euro benzene production and extraction joint project in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

This project consisted in constructing a new unit at the refinery that enriches an intermediate product from the gasoline production, transporting this benzene-cut through a 1.6 km pipeline and feeding a new Domo's unit to produce chemical products. Both units started operation at the beginning of 2018, after a 3-years and accident-free construction period.

Domo and Total have been working closely together for years. The refinery already supplies propylene, an important feedstock for the production of caprolactam and polyamide 6. Polyamide 6 is used, among others, for the production of flexible packaging films in the food and pharmaceutical industries, for injection moulded parts in the automotive sector and for textile industry applications.

"This new unit will secure us an excellent competitive position in the global market in the long term. Access to benzene as a strategic raw material is crucial for our integrated polyamide 6 chain," said Luc De Raedt, managing director of Domo Caproleuna GmbH.

"This is a win-win development. It strengthens our integration in the more than 100-year-old chemical park as well as our partnership-based relationships with our neighbours by producing a new petrochemical product. At the end, we are making the complex more competitive. We are grateful for this enhancement of our product portfolio fully in line with our strategy and targeting sustainable market," added Dr Willi Frantz, managing director of the Total Raffinerie Mitteldeutschland.

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