Fluor Joint Venture Completes Construction Work on Sasol Project in Louisiana
IRVING, Texas: Fluor Corporation has announced that its joint venture with TechnipFMC has successfully completed its engineering, procurement, and construction management services scope of work on Sasol's worldscale petrochemical complex in Westlake, Louisiana. The joint venture will continue providing assistance to the Sasol team with remaining activities by working with Sasol in parallel on transition plans for each unit and system. The joint venture team will also aid in performance testing for the complex. A 1.5-million-ton-per-year ethane cracker is at the heart of the complex, which also includes six downstream chemical units and associated utilities, infrastructure, and off-sites.

"This milestone is the culmination of nearly seven years of hard work by Fluor's project team and we are proud to have successfully delivered our scope," said Mark Fields, President of Fluor's Energy & Chemicals Business in America. "We brought our extensive U.S. Gulf Coast construction and mega -project expertise using our integrated solutions approach, and we are proud of the lasting positive impact this project will have on Southwest Louisiana."

Started in November 2018, Fluor's joint venture began incremental asset transitions to Sasol upon completion of each unit or system. All units have been transitioned to Sasol except the low-density polyethylene unit, which will be handed over by the end of March 2019. The project achieved first steam in August, 2018. Utilities supporting the early process units were fully operational by the end of November 2018 and the linear low-density polyethylene unit achieved beneficial operations in February 2019.

More than 6,000 staff and craft were on site at peak to build the complex, which use the ethylene produced by the cracker to manufacture high-value chemicals for everyday-consumer-products. The project team strengthened and widened over two roadway-miles in the community to support the completion of more than 500 heavy haul transports to the project site.

The Fluor joint venture integrated a team of 30 main construction contractors and worked in collaboration with Sasol to strengthen the local economy, with more than 4 billion USD committed to Louisiana businesses. AMECO, Fluor's Equipment Division, provided construction equipment to various subcontractors onsite.

The joint venture also invested in the local community by contributing more than 1,85,000 USD to local schools and charitable organizations throughout the project.