Total

Total

Total partners with REstore to further increase their “Commitment to Better Energy

Total’s participation in Demand Response programmes is fully aligned with their “Commitment to Better Energy”. Their operational set-up is complex. Partnering with REstore enabled Total to maximise their flexible power while minimising their operational risks.

Overview

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Total

Total is the world’s fourth largest oil and gas company with operations in more than 130 countries and employing over 100 000 people. Total is Europe’s number two petrochemical producer of base chemicals and polymer derivatives. Today, Total is truly “Committed to Better Energy” and considers the protection of the environment as one of its key priorities. Participating in Demand Response programmes not only brings a large reduction in Total’s energy bill, it also places sustainability front and centre in its strategy. Moreover, as the second-ranked solar energy operator in the world, Total is well aware of the challenge of the increase in renewable energy sources and how Demand Response can contribute to ensure network stability. Engaging with REstore and the Demand Response programme was an obvious choice. 

“We would recommend REstore without hesitation, due to their professionalism in both implementation and execution”

Olivier Sergent, Engineering Manager Total Petrochemicals Feluy

Challenges

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Total

Total Petrochemicals’ Feluy site is Total’s largest European polymer plant producing over 1.2 million tonnes of plastics annually. In their “Commitment to Better Energy”, Total Feluy sought to help prevent power blackouts in Belgium. As one of southern Belgium’s top five electricity consumers, Total was already determined to play a proactive role in this. In practice, when Elia announces activation of its Strategic Reserve Programme, Total Feluy accepts to reduce consumption to a set level within six and a half hours. The company was also conscious of increasing electricity tariffs and looking for ways to reduce its power bill. Within the polymer plant, the pelletizing process, involving several large extruders, proved to have some flexibility. The extruders could be curtailed for a couple of hours, but only if stock levels within buffer silos were not reduced below a certain level - a very challenging task.

The Solution

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Total

Together with the Total team, REstore performed a flexibility analysis of the extruder units in order to assess their flexibility potential. The extruders differed in terms of size and the availability of each individual extruder proved inadequate. However, through aggregation of each flexible load within its large portfolio, REstore managed to dramatically increase the flexible power at the Feluy site. Due to REstore’s experience and its professional approach Total is not exposed to any unavailability penalties due to their participation in demand response programmes via the wider REstore portfolio. And operational risk is minimised due to the automatic protection of Total’s set industrial boundary conditions. All implementation costs were borne by REstore, which made Total’s participation both no-cost and no-risk. 

Direct benefits
for Total include

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

Demand Response facilitates the further development of renewable energy. It lowers industry's carbon footprint. It helps to curb global climate change.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility

Demand Response enables large industrial consumers to reduce their consumption and return power to their local community when power is scarce.

Boundary Conditions

Boundary Conditions

REstore respects pre-set conditions for curtailment at all times. There is no impact on production. High quality standards are always maintained.