Design, procurement and module fabrication were coordinated globally. Detailed planning, along with real time updates, was essential to keeping all project personnel and activities aligned throughout the life of the project. Construction personnel embraced the use of new technologies that allowed for the safe and efficient installation of the new and revamped facilities. Fluor's construction tools helped successfully coordinate the activities of over 40 different subcontractors, strengthening the local contractors during a significant economic downturn. Working as a single team, challenges were met “head-on” as schedule and budget was maintained. Construction on the DHOUP project began in 2008 and was completed on schedule in 3Q2012, culminating with the 4Q2012 shutdown and successful start-up.
The project successfully demonstrated a strong working relationship between MPC, Fluor, local contractors, and community to produce a project, with world class performance, that would provide additional transport fuels for the local market and support the community's growth.
The MPC Detroit Heavy Oil Upgrade Project successfully accomplished each and every goal established at the kick-off of the project. Safety, schedule, cost, quality, predictability and transparency were all achieved. The MPC and Fluor teams formed an “integrated management team”, built on trust and accomplished through effective and regular communications and an adopted mindset of, “Say it Early, Say it Straight, Say it All.”
The project received the ENR (Engineering News Record) Midwest "Best Project Award of Merit, Energy/Industrial" in 2013 as recognition for increasing the refinery's capacity while reducing emissions.