The Alcoa-Fluor alliance within the U.S. consists of site based engineering and construction management teams supported by centralized safety, procurement, project controls and accounting resources dedicated solely to Alcoa. Fluor's primary scope is the management of small capital projects required to sustain and improve the operation of plants to maintain competitiveness in an ever-challenging global business. At select sites, Fluor also provides maintenance project management, reliability Subject Matter Expertise support, and plant-wide contractor safety management.
Fluor has delivered more than 300 projects in Europe at five sites since the alliance began in 2004. The scopes of work have included engineering, procurement, construction management, and project management at various facilities within the Alcoa complex.
In support of Alcoa's stage-gated capital process, Fluor begins each project at a conceptual stage committed to optimize value and ensure the project meets the Client's strategic business goals.
Fluor then develops the scope, schedule, cost estimate and execution plan required for project funding.
After approval, Fluor continues with engineering, risk management, project controls, procurement, and site management services. Craft services are typically provided by local contractors, acquired by Fluor Alliance Procurement, and managed by the site Fluor Construction Manager. Fluor is fully integrated with Alcoa's procurement systems and leverages spend utilizing supplier agreements of both companies to Alcoa's benefit. Major objectives of Fluor's project execution include safety, quality, efficiency, and minimal disruption to production.
Fluor also provides baseload engineering and project management services at three different Alcoa sites in Western Australia (Pinjarra Refinery, Kwinana Refinery, and Huntly Mining). This five-year program, which started in 2010, consists of site-based engineers and project management teams responsible for overall project execution (safety, cost, and schedule performance).
Photo: In the Massena West Casthouse, molten metal from the smelter is being poured into molds called “sow” or “pigs” from a transportation vessel called a cruce or crucible. The molds will harden and that metal is sold to downstream customers for use in a variety of products.