Nanjing, China

BASF YPC Integrated Petrochemical Site Phase 1 - Program Management

Fluor provided program management services to BASF-YPC Co. Ltd. as part of an integrated management team of personnel from Fluor, BASF, and Yangzi Petroleum Corporation to develop an Integrated Petrochemical Site (IPS) in Nanjing, Peoples Republic of China.

The IPS site will include a 600 kilotons per annum (KTA) ethylene unit and eight downstream units, which include acrylic acid and esters, ethylene glycol, aromatics and low-density polyethylene. The products will supply the growing demand in China for intermediate components of finished products, such as paints, packaging, solvents, antifreeze, and additives.

The completed IPS facility is located adjacent to the Yangzi River in Nanjing, approximately 300 kilometers northwest of Shanghai.

Client's Challenge

BASF-YPC is a Sino-foreign joint venture company established by Sinopec/Yangzi Petrochemical Corporation of Nanjing, China, and BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany.

BASF-YPC was developing an Integrated Petrochemical Site comprised of nine production plants, with a naphtha cracker at the core and supporting utilities, and auxiliary facilities inside the production area, with storage and transportation facilities and utilities facilities.

Fluor's Solution

The project scope included the preparation, engineering, procurement, contracting, and construction for the BASF-YPC IPS project. Fluor performed basic engineering services for the utilities and infrastructure, defined common standards, and practices for all units involved, implemented a value-engineering program, and coordinated completion of the engineering and construction packages.

Fluor also performed FEED services for the offsites, utilities, and infrastructure. At the peak of the project Fluor's staff comprised 150 management personnel.

In December 2002, the BASF-YPC IPS project reached 2 million work hours without experiencing a single OSHA recordable incident. This is a tremendous achievement considering the challenges of this work environment.



In August of 2005, the BASF IPS achieved successful startup of the final plant at the integrated complex in Nanjing, the People's Republic of China. The number of successfully started units at the complex totaled 10, and included a 600,000-metric-ton steam cracker and nine downstream plants.

The total capacity of the 543-acre complex is 1.7 metric tons of high-quality chemicals and polymers per year for use in the rapidly growing Chinese market.

The success on this project was due to the teamwork and cooperation of everyone involved on the project. Workers of more than 20 nationalities contributed to the success of this project.