Feyzin has begun to restart its facilities after more than two years of work in the "major shut down" for maintenance of petrochemical unit. This shutdown was launched March 23 and ended on March 23. Operational restart maneuvers began with commissioning equipment to prepare the units. The phases are sequential and progressive and should take approximately ten days.
These stages can occasionally produce noise or flaring. These inconveniences are being minimized by the operating teams.
TotalEnergies issued a press release warning that the torches at the site may be more stressed during unit shutdowns or restarts than normal operations. Torches are safety devices to manage excess gas. The flare is used to expel excess gas, which cannot be stored in a gaseous form into the atmosphere. And to specify that "the quality of the air around the site is constantly monitored by the air control stations of Atmo Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes".
Two years after the refinery activity, 63 millions euros were invested in the petrochemical part: 48 million for inspection and works on equipment, and 15 million for projects to improve energy or environmental performance. This opened 550 facilities. Another burner was installed at the nose of the flare.
Each day, 1,500 workers from 170 companies were invited to join the site to complete nearly 470,000 hours of work.