From Site Work to School Work: Sasol Project Team Partners with Local Middle School

Thursday, July 5, 2018 8:16 am EDT

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In Westlake, Louisiana, the 400 students at S.P. Arnett middle school are getting an upfront look to project  execution.

Mario Tommaselli, FTI program director; Max Caldarera, S.P. Arnett principal; Irving Scott, HR; and Declan McNulty, FTI deputy program director

The middle school is located along the heavy haul route of the Sasol ethane cracker and derivatives project. While the 300-plus heavy haul transports do not take place during school hours, students have gotten a unique perspective of the $11 billion project being built in their community.

Fluor and Technip (FTI) have partnered with the school through the Partners in Education program since 2014. Through the program, FTI employees volunteer at school events and support the school financially. The project has supported the installation of electronic signage and recently provided a grant in support of the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program. The program is designed to reduce disciplinary actions and promote a positive learning environment. Since 2014, FTI has provided more than $35,000 in grants to the school.

The project team also donates empty ink cartridges for the school’s Cartridges for Kids campaign. Focusing on the local 4-H club, the program has taught the students about recycling and the importance of sustainability.

“The Westlake community has absolutely embraced us and we are proud to be giving back through this partnership,” said Declan McNulty, FTI deputy program director. “From supporting local organizations to working with local suppliers, we have worked to bring lasting benefits to the area through this project.”

The project expects to start a phased commissioning of units in 2018.

Students help unload ink cartridge donations.

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