Dow Chemical Company
Freeport, Texas

Gulfstream Program (PDH, PU&I, LHC-9)

Dow is expanding its production facilities on the Gulf Coast in Freeport, Texas and Plaquemine, Louisiana with its Gulfstream Program.

Fluor performed the very significant portion of the program on the Oyster Creek site.

Fluor's scope consisted of a Propylene Dehydrogenization (PDH) unit, the Power, Utilities, & Infrastructure (PUI) scope, and a state of the art Light-Hydrocarbon (LHC-9) unit. Fluor leveraged our proven processes to recruit a large number of direct-hire craft and construction management staff to build the facility. Construction completed in March 2017.


Gulfstream Program production facilities expansion - EPC services
Client's Challenge

Dow's expansion in Freeport is part of a multi-billion dollar plan that takes advantage of the low prices of shale gas feedstock. The PDH asset project is being developed via licensed propane dehydrogenation technology. At completion, the plant will be capable of producing 750,000 tons / year of polymer grade propylene from propane. The LHC-9 ethylene cracker will have a capacity of 1.5 million tons per year and be able to use both ethane and propane as feedstock.

As part of the program Fluor also performed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for the associated power, utilities and infrastructure facility upgrades to support each unit. Currently in progress at the Dow Oyster Creek Facility, the Gulfstream program utilizes the existing infrastructure of Dow's largest site – one of the largest integrated chemical manufacturing complexes in the world.

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Fluor's Solution

Fluor provided EPC services for the new facilities, and utilized a direct-hire craft staffing strategy for construction. Fluor executed the expansion by leveraging established processes in staff and craft recruiting strategies while staying ahead of craft availability challenges as the U.S. Gulf Coast region expands. As part of an integrated approach, the project utilized AMECO for construction equipment and tools.

In addition to this strategy, Fluor's office in the Philippines also provided engineering support for the project, in order to maximize time differences and trained personnel to execute the design of the project around the clock.

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Fluor applied our long history of mega-project success, along with innovative solutions designed for the project, to complete the project safely and on schedule. Nearly 4,000 home office, construction management and craft personnel were involved on the project at its peak. The project achieved more than 5 million consecutive work hours without a lost-time incident. Construction was completed in March 2017.