Fluor was responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction and precommissioning of the Primary Process Units (PPU), one of the largest and most complex components of the project. The vacuum tower in the PPU is one of the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, at more than 157 feet in height.
Logistically the project was fast-tracked. The movement of both equipment and people was extremely critical to the success of the project. The Fluor team used MaterialManager® to expedite the material sequencing. This allowed the Fluor Team to deliver the pipe rack modules three weeks ahead of schedule and within budget for the PPU portion.
Fluor installed and welded out 1,000 to 1,200 spools per week. At peak, it was more than 1,600 spools. In total, 14,800 piles and 52,000 spools were used. The scaffolding to support the vacuum tower was erected, used to install insulation, and dismantled in 34 days.
There were 10,500 workers at peak construction. Over 23 million direct field work hours were expended. Fluor needed to efficiently get workers to and from the remote site. Fluor used over 130 buses to transport about 65 percent of the workers each day.
Weather was also a factor. Temperatures often dipped to minus 30 degrees Celsius.