07 November 2017

BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC strengthens integration with Total Port Arthur Refinery

  • Investment allows for the import of butylenes and butanes
  • Startup of new processing and treatment facilities begin at Port Arthur site

HOUSTON, November 7, 2017 — BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC enhanced the production capabilities of its petrochemical complex, located in Port Arthur, Texas, by installing processing and treatment facilities for the import of butylenes and butanes from the Total Port Arthur Refinery.

This installation enables BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals to make use of these refinery byproducts to produce higher value propylene. This is another major step in the development of BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals petrochemical complex to optimize operations. The company previously implemented measures enabling the facility to take advantage of lighter, lower cost feed stocks, such as ethane.

“This investment further strengthens the partnership between BASF and Total Petrochemicals, allowing us to continue building supply to meet growing customer demand, while helping the company maintain its competitive position within the petrochemicals industry,” said Heather Remley, BASF Senior Vice President, Petrochemicals North America.

“The Port Arthur site is one of the key industrial platforms for Total in the world,” remarked Christophe Gerondeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc. “This investment creates value for both BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals and the Total Port Arthur refinery through industrial synergies.”

BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals, LLC
BASF TOTAL Petrochemicals LLC is located in Port Arthur, Texas and manufactures a range of chemicals used in hundreds of consumer products. BASF TOTAL is a joint venture partnership between BASF Corporation, 60 percent ownership, and Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, 40 percent ownership. For more information about BASF Corporation and Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc. visit or

About BASF
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 17,500 employees in North America, and had sales of $16.2 billion in 2016. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 114,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of about €58 billion in 2016. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (BAS). Further information at

Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc.
Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc. (TPRI) is part of the Refining-Petrochemicals Americas Division of Total S.A., one of the largest integrated international oil and gas companies with operations in more than 130 countries worldwide. TPRI is headquartered in Houston and is a major producer of polypropylene, polystyrene, styrene, base chemicals and polyethylene in the United States. Its refinery produces transportation fuels and other petroleum-based products for the global market. The company employs more than 1,600 who work in support of manufacturing and research/development activities in Texas and Louisiana. Visit us online at

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Last Update 07 November 2017