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Fluor awarded EPCM work for BASF

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Fluor Corporation has announced that BASF awarded Fluor an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for the revamp of an alcohol and plasticisers facility in Pasadena, Texas. Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value in 4Q15.

“Fluor has supported BASF with construction management services for many years in Europe and Asia, and we are excited to now deliver an integrated engineering, procurement and construction driven solutions approach to BASF in North America,” said Jim Brittain, President of Fluor’s Energy and Chemicals Americas business line. “We will leverage our US Gulf Coast construction experience to meet this project’s schedule goals, while delivering a capital efficient solution that strengthens BASF’s position in the plasticisers market.”

Fluor will convert the general purpose plasticiser units to Palatinol® DOTP (diethylhexyl terephthalate). This Palatinol® DOTP unit will be BASF’s first in North America. The plasticiser is used in numerous products, including vinyl film, flooring, coated fabrics and wire and cable coatings. In addition, Fluor will convert another unit to provide raw material for the Palatinol® DOTP unit. Fluor previously completed front end engineering and design for the project under its North America partnership agreement with BASF and is executing the EPCM under the recent global engineering services agreement.

Facility start up is scheduled for early 2017.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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