Fluor provided comprehensive services to Total for its refinery upgrade and modification in Port Arthur.
Services included the initial feasibility study through commissioning support. The project was carried out to add flexibility to process heavy sour crudes into cleaner burning fuels for the U.S. market.
Fluor performed the initial feasibility study, front-end and detailed engineering, procurement, self-perform construction and construction management, and precommissioning and commissioning support.
Fluor built the Coker Naphtha Hydrotreater, Cracked Distillate Hydrotreater and Delayed Coker units with a combination of self-perform (civil, structural, mechanical and piping) and subcontract construction (electrical, instrumentation, painting and insulation).
The team reached a total craft staffing level of more than 4,500 and at one point worked more than 5.2 million hours without a lost time incident. Over the course of the project, the team worked in excess of 12 million hours safely.
Fluor personnel were seconded to a Total-led team for management of the construction of the brownfield and sulfur block portions of the project.
During their time onsite, Fluor personnel became a vital part of the community. For example, they volunteered for area cleanup after Hurricane Ike and took donations for aid organizations at the refinery turnstiles. Some of many recipients of contributions and / or participation from the project team members were the Port Arthur Retirement Home, the Rescue Mission, Junior Achievement, local welding schools, Lamar College, and the Texas Energy Museum in Beaumont, and the Southeast Texas P-16 Continuing Education Committee.
Total and Fluor worked as an integrated team to achieve the ambitious goals set for project safety, quality, cost, and schedule.
Fluor drove many cost-saving measures and strategies to achieve success. These included modularization of interconnecting pipe racks, worksharing, and strategic partnerships with contractors and suppliers.
Upgrading and modernization added more flexibility to process sour crudes and produce higher-grade fuel products at the Total Port Arthur refinery.