Total starts up the La Mède biorefinery
Total has started up production at the La Mède biorefinery in southeastern France, with the first batches of biofuel coming off the line. It is the final step in converting a former oil refinery into a new energies complex. The biorefinery can produce 500,000 tonnes of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). La Mède will produce both biodiesel and biojet fuel for the aviation industry. It was specifically designed to process all types of oil. Its biofuels will be made:
- 60 to 70% from 100% sustainable vegetable oils (rapeseed, palm, sunflower, etc.).
- 30 to 40% from treated waste (animal fats, cooking oil, residues, etc.) to promote a circular economy.
As part of an agreement with the Government in May 2018, Total has pledged to process no more than 300,000 tonnes of certified palm oil per year — less than 50% of the total volume of raw materials needed — and at least 50,000 tonnes of French-grown rapeseed, creating another market for domestic agriculture.