Louisiana Petchems Project Hits Milestone



Louisiana Petchems Project Hits Milestone
Sasol's petrochemical complex in Westlake, La. PHOTO SOURCE: Business Wire

A Fluor Corp.-TechnipFMC joint venture has completed its engineering, procurement and construction management services scope of work on Sasol Limited’s world-scale petrochemical complex in Westlake, La., Fluor reported Tuesday.

The centerpiece of Sasol’s Lake Charles Chemical Project (LCCP) is a 1.5-million-ton-per-year ethane cracker, but the facility also includes six downstream chemical units and associated utilities, infrastructure and offsites, noted Fluor.

“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,” Mark Fields, president of Fluor’s Americas Energy and Chemicals unit, said in a written statement emailed to Rigzone. “We brought our extensive U.S. Gulf Coast construction and megaproject expertise using our integrated solutions approach, and we are proud of the lasting positive impact this project will have on Southwest Louisiana.”

In November of last year, Fluor and TechnipFMC began to incrementally transition assets from the joint venture to Sasol upon completion of each unit or system, Fluor stated. The firm added that only the low-density polyethylene unit awaits transition at this point, but it anticipates a handover of that project component by the end of this month.

Citing factors such as inclement weather, scope additions and worker absenteeism, Sasol reported last month that it had raised the cost of the LCCP from $11.13 billion to a range of $11.6 to $11.8 billion.



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