Total announced the solarisation of its largest lube oil blending plant in the world located in Singapore’s Lube Park in Tuas. The lube oil blending plant, which was opened in 2015, is a major global hub for Total Lubrifiants, boosting the French oil major’s lubricants supply in the Asia-Pacific region.
The new solar photovoltaic system installed by Total Solar Distributed Generation Asia has a capacity of 1.2 Megawatt-peak. Equipped with 3,682 solar panels, this installation is designed to generate 1,511 Megawatt hours of electricity per year, covering 35% of the site’s energy needs, reducing its reliance on traditional fuels and avoiding up to 528 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions a year.
The Tuas Lubricants plant was constructed with sustainability in mind from the start, including a roof specifically designed to withstand the weight of solar panels. The facility also benefits from a pier and shared equipment facilities with Shell and Sinopec that allow all three companies to both ship and receive base oils and additives to and from the vessels directly, rather than through land transportation, reducing onsite CO2 emissions by up to 87% for Total.
“We are proud to announce the solarisation of our largest lubricants plant, marking a new milestone in our commitment to better energy. With Asia being a key region for future energy demand, we look forward to supporting that growth through cleaner and sustainable means, and contributing to Singapore’s journey in sustainability,” said Tan Pai Kok, vice president of Operations in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East for Total Lubrifiants.
This project is part of Total’s worldwide program of solarisation of its industrial facilities and illustrates Total’s ambition to become the responsible energy major. Earlier this year, the Group has inaugurated its thousandth solarised service station worldwide. Total has set a goal to solarise 5,000 of its stations in 57 countries, with work accelerating in the coming months to reach around 1,000 stations per year.