Made in the USA: Total’s Special Fluids & Solvents

Made in the USA: Total’s Special Fluids & Solvents

Bayport

In March of 2016, TOTAL officially inaugurated the production of the company’s new high purity special fluids facility in Bayport, Texas. The Special Fluids unit uses Hydro De-Aromatization (HDA) technology and the expertise gained by our Oudalle site located in Normandy, France

The Bayport plant will produce a range of 40 different high purity special fluids for customer use across a wide spectrum of industries including; pharmaceuticals, crop protection, water treatment, printing inks, paints and coatings and cosmetics. Having a plant in the United States gives the Special Fluids division of TOTAL a solid advantage in terms of responsiveness and logistics in the United States and the Americas region.

Bayport HDA Plant to Produce Clean Fluids for Drilling

In Total’s continuous commitment to the use of clean drilling fluids for exploration and production operations, the Bayport facility will additionally produce synthetic biodegradable fluids for on- and off-shore drilling. With an annual production capacity of 250,000 metric tons, the plant is ideally located purposely to supply the largest markets in the world.

“The innovative, clean technology we will provide to our customers from Bayport is the result of a concerted and combined effort of several Total global business activities including Refining and Chemicals and Marketing and Services with knowledge and expertise transfer from engineers in our plant in France,” said Philippe Boisseau, a Former Member of the Executive Committee of Total.

Our new Bayport operation illustrates Total’s commitment to our business in the United States. As a fully-integrated oil and gas major, we will continue to work closely with our refining facility in Port Arthur, which will supply feedstock required to produce the high purity special fluids our customers want, We will also work with our Polyethylene facility at Bayport with whom we share the site.

The Bayport HDA plant is highly specialized and utilizes a catalytic reaction process that, when combined with high pressure and distillation, enables the production of:

  • Very specific high purity fluids
  • Biodegradable solvents
  • Odorless
  • Colorless
  • Stable
  • Ultra low aromatic contents

These high purity fluids are customized to meet the needs of a wide variety of industrial applications. They are produced for everyday products like cosmetics, odorless paint, caulk, tiki torches and crop protection for bananas.

Construction Phase

The Construction Phase

  • Completed in a little over one year.
  • Provided approximately 400 jobs for workers and tradesmen during the development.
  • The entire project was completed with an excellent Safety Performance of 769,000 hours worked without incident or Lost Time Injury.

Two Major Stages of Production:

  • High pressure hydrogenation which provides products with very high purity.
  • Narrow-cut distillation that leads to fluids particularly adapted to customer expectations.

Total’s Bayport opening comes just weeks after the opening of a multi-million dollar innovation center in Grand Rapids, Michigan by Total’s automotive and aerospace company Hutchinson proving our commitment to the U.S. economy.