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Fluor Project for Dow Recognized by S&P Global Platts
Fluor announced today that the world-scale ethylene production facility of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) in Freeport, Texas was named a finalist for the Global Energy Awards Construction Project of the Year by S&P Global Platts. Fluor provided engineering, procurement and construction services for the facility, which completed safely, on schedule and with high quality in 2017.
“This world-scale project has become a benchmark for success on the U.S. Gulf Coast,” said Mark Fields, president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals business in the Americas. “Our joint Fluor and Dow team brought innovative ideas, industry-leading productivity and an unwavering adherence to safe work practices to deliver true execution excellence.”
“We enlisted the best expertise from Fluor and our owner team to drive the successful completion of the project,” said Scot Schertwitz, Dow’s program director. “Our shared commitment to both safety and quality was fully demonstrated in our safety performance and by the facility’s safe, smooth start-up and sustained operation.”
The Dow and Fluor team optimized the workforce level at site by using a modular design approach for portions of the project. Modules were fabricated by ICA Fluor, Fluor’s joint venture fabrication facility in Tampico, Mexico. More than 3,000 craft workers were at the Freeport site at peak to construct the project and an in‑depth welding inspection, testing and training program was implemented to enable the project to complete with industry-leading quality.
Close collaboration and meaningful dialogue between craft, front-line supervision and management built and maintained a strong safety culture at the site. This engagement, with weekly all-hands meetings and a safety innovation team, resulted in the team working five million consecutive hours without a lost-time incident – spanning a period of more than two years.
The 1.5-million-ton-per-year light-hydrocarbon cracker is the cornerstone of Dow’s U.S. Gulf Coast investment program and can use both ethane and propane as feedstock. The ethylene produced by the facility is used as a building block for many of Dow’s industry-leading performance plastics products.
The Construction Project of the Year finalists are selected based on response to challenges, financial results, innovation, operational excellence and scope.