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    Société du Pipeline Sud-Européen

    Transport and storage of liquid hydrocarbons

    Société du Pipeline Sud Européen (SPSE) is a company which transports liquid hydrocarbons by pipeline from the Fos-sur-Mer and Lavéra port facilities (South of France).

    It is also a storage company, operating a tank farm of 2.26 million m³ of capacity, located at Fos-sur-Mer. Initially almost exclusively dedicated to crude oil storage, SPSE has now expanded its business to naphtha and diesel storage.

    SPSE site at Fos-sur-Mer


    In 1958, sixteen oil companies belonging to the major world oil groups founded the Société du Pipeline Sud-Européen (SPSE).

    In 1962, a large diameter pipeline (34 inches/86 cm) was commissioned between the Mediterranean sea and the upper Rhine region.

    In 1971 et 1972, two other pipelines were commissioned.

    These three pipelines have been declared of general interest and authorized by a decree classifying these infrastructures of public interest.

    The tank farm is an Installation Classified for the Protection of the Environment, Seveso III upper tier site.

    Our network

    Ship unloading operations at the ports of Fos-sur-Mer and Lavéra are carried out by Fluxel, the company managing port handling facilities. These facilities are connected to SPSE tank farm, at Fos-sur-Mer, which includes 40 above-ground tanks for a total storage capacity of 2.26 million m³. The stored products are crude oil, naphtha and diesel.

    SPSE network

    Out of the three existing pipelines, only the 34 inches one is currently operated. This pipeline connects the Fos-sur-Mer tank farm to the St-Quentin-Fallavier (69) and Gennes (25) tank farms, supplying in crude oil the refineries of Feyzin (Rhône area) and Cressier (Switzerland).

    Five pumping stations ensure the transport and delivery of 8 million tonnes of crude oil every year.

    Diesel storage facilities are connected to the refined products network owned by third parties, for the supply of storage and distribution points in the Etang de Berre area.

    These last years, SPSE succeeded in adapting its infrastructures to the quick development of the logistics network in the south of France , and is now capable to respond with accuracy and efficiency to the storage needs in the Mediterranean area.

    Management Committee

    Fabien Poure
    Fabien Poure
    Chief Executive Officer
    Laure Carougeau
    Laure Carougeau
    Chief Human Resources Officer
    Danilo Baldassarre
    Danilo Baldassarre
    Chief Operations Officer
    Jean-Marc Latino
    Jean-Marc Latino
    Chief Financial Officer

    Leadership Team

    Carole Elizabé
    Carole Elizabé
    Head of Industrial Risks Division
    Patrick de Bourayne
    Patrick de Bourayne
    Head of Process Safety and Integrity
    Pierre Schmider
    Pierre Schmider
    Head of Development