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May. 2022
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Fluor Broadens Chemicals, Oil & Gas Base with $67 Billion in Active North American Projects

Editor's note: The fourth paragraph of this article has been modified to clarify Zachry Group's role in the project.

Founded in 1912, Fluor Corporation (NYSE:FLR) (Irving, Texas) has become one the leading engineering and construction firms throughout the world. The company's list of active projects in North America shows that Fluor is renowned for its expertise across several sectors and has a leading edge in chemical processing and oil and gas project activity. Industrial Info is tracking more than $67 billion worth of active North American project involving Fluor.

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Among the largest projects involving Fluor is the Shell plc -(NYSE:SHEL) (London, England) led LNG Canada project, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) production and export facility in British Columbia. Although the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic delayed progress on LNG plants already under construction and those awaiting a final investment decision, the LNG market has once again become a lucrative market thanks to high European and Asian prices, and Shell and the other companies involved in the LNG Canada project are in on the action. Construction of the plant in Kitimat kicked off in late 2019 and was delayed during the pandemic but now appears to back in full swing with the completion of two 7 million-ton-per-year production trains expected in the first half of 2024. Fluor is providing engineering, procurement and construction work on the project. Subscribers to Industrial Info's global Market Intelligence (GMI) Oil & Gas Production Project Database can click here for the detailed report.

Also in Canada, this time in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Fluor is providing engineering work on Inter Pipeline Limited's (Calgary, Alberta) grassroot propane dehydrogenation plant. Upon completion, which is set for this summer, the plant will produce 1.1 billion pounds per year of propylene using 22,000 barrels per day (BBL/d) of propane as feedstock. Subscribers can click here for the project report.

Fluor also has been involved with LyondellBasell Industries NV's (NYSE:LYB) (Houston, Texas) propylene oxide/tertiary butyl alcohol (PO/TBA) unit addition at its facility in Channelview, Texas, on the Gulf Coast east of Houston. Fluor was responsible for the engineering and procurement, while Zachry Group (San Antonio, Texas) is responsible for the construction of the facility. Construction kicked off in 2017, and upon completion, which is expected later this year, the facility will begin ramping up production to approximately 1 billion pounds per year of PO and 2.2 billion pounds per year of TBA, which will be used to manufacture oxyfuels. According to LyondellBasell, the plant will be the largest PO/TBA plant in the world and represents the single-largest investment in the company's history. LyondellBasell says the plant's products will be sold to both domestic and global customers. Subscribers to Industrial Info's Chemical Processing Project Database can click here for the report.

Among Fluor's largest refining projects is Marathon Petroleum Corporation's (NYSE:MPC) (Findlay, Ohio) South Texas Asset Repositioning (STAR) project, which entails integrating the company's former Texas City Refinery into the Galveston Bay Refinery, adding 40,000 of crude oil processing capacity. According to Fluor's website, the scope of work includes a new selective hydrogenation unit, a new naphtha desulfurization unit and upgrades to the existing naphtha desulfurization unit and the fluid catalytic cracker. Subscribers to Industrial Info's Refining Project Database can click here for related project reports.

Outside of the oil and gas and chemical sectors, metals and minerals take a leading position in the value of Fluor's North American project activity. Examples of Fluor project in this sector include a grassroot lead, zinc and silver mine and mill in Patagonia, Arizona, about 60 miles southeast of Tucson. The mine is intended to produce 111,000 tons per year of zinc, 138,000 tons per year of lead and 7.3 million ounces per year of silver from 4.3 million tons per year of milled ore feed over a 22-year mine life. Construction is expected to kick off in early 2024 and take about two years to complete. Subscribers to Industrial Info's Metals & Minerals Project Database can click here for the report.

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