CB&I to Supply Vessels for Suncor Expansion

CB&I has won a contract from Suncor Energy Services Inc. to engineer and construct process vessels for a proposed expansion of Suncorís oil sands upgrading capacity. The award is valued in excess of US$65 million.

CB&I's scope of work for the project includes the detail design, fabrication, and on-site assembly of four coke drums and one fractionator column for phase one and two coke drums for phase two. Upon completion in late-2008, the vessels will be erected in a proposed new upgrader near Fort McMurray, Alta., that will process oil sands into synthetic crude oil. The new coke drums are believed to be the largest delayed coker units in the Western Hemisphere. Suncor's expansion project is subject to approval from regulators and the company's board. The proposed expansion is intended to bring Suncor's production capacity to more than half a million barrels per day.

This award builds on CB&I's previous oil sands work for Suncor that spans 4 decades and includes a number of primary separation vessels for bitumen processing, a large-scale hydrogen production facility, one of the world's largest vacuum distillation towers, previous coke drums, and a variety of storage vessels.

CB&I executes on average more than 700 projects each year and is one of the world's leading engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) companies, specializing in lump-sum turnkey projects for customers that produce, process, store, and distribute the world's natural resources.

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