Île-de-France Oil Pipeline

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The Île-de-France Oil Pipeline, known locally as PLIF (Pipeline d'Ile-de-France) or Oléoduc d'Île-de-France, is an operating oil pipeline in northern France.[1]


The pipeline starts in Le Havre on France's Atlantic coast and runs to the Total refinery at Grandpuits, southeast of Paris.[1][2]

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Project Details

  • Owner: Total[3]
  • Parent company: Total[3]
  • Capacity: 102,000 barrels per day[3]
  • Length: 260 km / 161 miles[1]
  • Diameter:
  • Status: Operating
  • Start Year: 1968[4]
  • Financing:


The Île-de-France Oil Pipeline was originally commissioned in 1968 to bring oil from the Atlantic port of Le Havre to the Paris metropolitan region.

The aging pipeline experienced leaks in 2014[5] and 2019[3], with the latter incident suspending service for nearly five months.[6] In March 2020, a planned shutdown for routine maintenance had to be extended for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. In June 2020, Total announced that it was studying the feasibility of replacing the pipeline, which was reportedly operating at only 70% of its capacity. The company also reported that it was considering conversion of its Grandpuits refinery to low-carbon activities in light of France's move away from fossil fuels.[3]

In September 2020, Total announced that it would stop processing crude oil at the Grandpuits refinery, leaving the Île-de-France Pipeline's future in question.[7]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "INTEGRATED NATIONAL ENERGY AND CLIMATE PLAN for FRANCE (p. 285)" (PDF). European Commission. March 2020.
  2. "La DRIEE met la pression sur TOTAL". L'autre echo du quartier fluvial. June 19, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 "Total Reviewing Pipeline to Grandpuits Oil Refinery After Leaks". Pipeline & Gas Journal. June 12, 2020.
  4. "Oléoduc d'Île-de-France". Wikipedia. Retrieved October 6, 2020.
  5. "Pipeline Le Havre-Paris : les experts ont trouvé la cause de la fuite de pétrole brut". France 3 Normandie. July 9, 2014.
  6. "Total redémarre le pipeline d'Île-de-France et la raffinerie de Grandpuits". Total France. July 17, 2019.
  7. "Total va arrêter le raffinage à Grandpuits, en Île-de-France". Le Figaro. September 22, 2020.

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