Total will use the ROSE technology to break the 48,000 barrels-per-stream-day of residue from a mix of crude oils into deasphalted oil (DAO) and asphaltene.

The split DAO will be upgraded in a mild hydrocracking unit and the asphaltene will be blended into fuel oil.

The ROSE unit is expected to increase the profitability of the refinery and is expected to come on stream in early 2016.

KBR’s ROSE can be used to convert the existing solvent deasphalting units for increased throughput, improve quality of DAO and resins, and lower operating costs. It also helps in recovering higher value products from residual oil.

KBR Technology president John Derbyshire said, "We understand the importance of this project to Total and are confident that the project will enable Total to achieve its business objectives."