Houston, TX, U.S.

LyondellBasell Propylene Oxide and Tertiary Butyl Alcohol Plant

LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, selected Fluor to perform front-end engineering and design (FEED) work for its proposed propylene oxide and tertiary butyl alcohol plant. After FEED completion, Fluor was awarded the engineering and procurement contract in 2017.

Client's Challenge

The new plant will be the world’s largest of its type. The project represents the single-largest capital investment in LyondellBasell’s history and will be located at the company’s existing Channelview and Bayport complexes outside of Houston.

The scope includes a 1-billion-pound-per-year propylene oxide and a 2-billion-pound-per-year tertiary butyl alcohol plant at the Channelview site, ethers plant at the Bayport site, as well as associated infrastructure. The products will be used in the production of polyols, high-octane gasoline components and other isobutylene derivatives.

Fluor's Solution

Fluor will leverage our extensive U.S. Gulf Coast chemicals experience and innovative global procurement and design approaches to support this world-scale project’s advancement.

Using our Zero Base ExecutionSM​ approach, the LyondellBasell and Fluor team developed a fit-for-purpose solution that reconfigured the plot and optimized the design, leveraged global procurement opportunities and implemented a cost-effective modularization approach.


Fluor has participated in the project since FEED commencement in 2015. Project completion is expected in 2021.

The project was awarded the 2017 Hugh K. Coble Award in the Home Office Services category.