MARSEILLE FOS, A REAL DRIVING FORCE IN THE REGIONAL ECONOMY
The Port of Marseille Fos aims to consolidate the industrial fabric of the Fos industrial port area by developing new spaces and encouraging the establishment of industrial players involved in the ecological transition.
The industrial port area in Fos-sur-Mer (ZIP), created in 1964 by the French government to build factories on 10,000 hectares around the Gulf of Fos, is one of the largest industrial-port areas in Europe.
A real driving force for the regional economy, this area is home to a wide range of activities. Thus, the big names in the steel, energy and petrochemical industries are present on the site:
- ArcelorMittal, Ascométal, KEM One, Air Liquide, Llyondell, Covestro, Naphtachimie, Primagaz, etc.
- 2 LNG terminals.
- 2 wind farms: 4 wind turbines in Fos Caban Sud and 25 wind turbines in Port Saint Louis du Rhône.
- Two refineries are located within the perimeter (Inéos and Esso) and two others (in France and Switzerland) are supplied with crude oil from Fos by pipeline.
The Port of Marseille Fos, historically a major petrochemical port, has developed vectors for growth, particularly by diversifying into other sectors, such as containers. This diversification also takes the form of new industries that address the new environmental challenges.
FOCUS ON THE PIICTO PLATFORM
The Caban Tonkin Industrial and Innovation Platform (PIICTO) is at the heart of the new economic development policies, energy and environmental strategies of Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence, Région Sud, and the government (via ADEME, the DREAL in particular) which actively support the association financially since it was established in 2015. Currently, it has 40 members (industry, local authorities, government services, competitiveness clusters, etc.) in a 1,200-hectare area.
FOCUS ON INNOVEX
To invent tomorrow's industry and address environmental issues, the Innovex incubator, located in the heart of the Fos industrial-port area, is dedicated to setting up pre-industrial pilot projects focusing on innovation related to the energy and ecological transition. The JUPITER 1000 project, a Power to Gas demonstrator, has been producing green hydrogen since the summer of 2020 and aims to recycle the industrial CO2 produced in the industrial port area. This first industrial pilot was followed by the installation of the COMBIGREEN demonstrator from Elyse Technologies, which recovers secondary raw materials as energy.
INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS 2019-2020
- The Port of Marseille Fos and BMG (Building Material Group) have signed a lease for a 6-hectare parcel of land at Le Caban in Fos-sur-Mer for the construction of a plasterboard manufacturing plant with 70 jobs, with maritime traffic of 300,000 tons per year.
- The Port of Marseille Fos is working on the production of competitive green energy. The Port has the aim and the potential to become a full-fledged player in the renewable energy production chain - from wind turbines to photovoltaic panels and synthetic gases. The Port is therefore working to form partnerships that will enable it to produce its own green energy, at a competitive price for the benefit of all its customers.
- A new photovoltaic project is entering its concrete phases in the Fos industrial port area, on the Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône dike. Led by the SOLARCENTURY - OXYGN company (10 Mega Watt power), it should quickly add to the production of renewable energy.
- The Port of Marseille Fos is working with local players around the Provence Grand Large project to develop the floating offshore wind energy sector in the form of the first experimental farms - the forerunners of larger-scale industrial farms.