France-based integrated oil and gas company Total has announced that it has sanctioned construction of a one million ton per year desulphurization unit at its Leuna refinery in Germany.

Scheduled for commissioning in autumn 2009, the new unit will supply the domestic market with ultra-low sulfur home heating oil.

The E120 million investment will further enhance the performance of the Leuna refinery. With a capacity of 11.4 million tons per year, the facility has extensive deep conversion capacity, allowing it to process sour crude oil without producing heavy fuel oil.