The plant suffered extensive fire damage.
Fluor mobilized a team to Syncrude's facilities to assess the damages, develop a plan for rebuilding the damaged facilities, and assist Syncrude prepare estimates for the insurance claim.
To meet the Client's urgent schedule recovery, Fluor mobilized resources from multiple locations, not just Fluor Canada.
Fluor developed an abbreviated schedule that encompassed 230,000 staff work hours and 210,000 craft hours.
One timesaving innovation was moving the home office to the field. Fluor had both day and night shift construction crews engaged. Fluor incorporated all repair work and activities of 1,700 construction tradespeople.
One third of the project included plant improvements; the balance of work involved replacement in kind.
Fluor's scope included planning, engineering, procurement, and construction that would be performed in parallel. Fluor's scope of facilities also included construction of the electrical and instrumentation works and insurance claim support. Separate construction activities, which normally are phased, were performed simultaneously as well. Engineering took place at the jobsite and included both repair work and debottlenecking to improve coker capacity. Computers were used at the jobsite to track field progress, engineering, material control, finance and payroll.
Fluor performed all procurement worldwide, which required that long-lead delivery items such as chrome piping, fittings, and valves be at the plant site in 10 weeks. The long lead times involved in fabrication demanded that major components damaged in the fire be re-built rather than re-ordered. The damaged units were trucked thousands of miles to waiting vendors for immediate rebuilding.
However, most of the repairs required the unit return to Alberta came after the onset of winter. The search was on for alternative transportation that would minimize the risks and delays of blizzards and icy roads.
Fluor originated the idea to utilize the military aircraft. Through the innovative combination of efforts encompassing Syncrude's and Fluor's government liaisons in Ottawa and Washington D.C., U.S Air Force C5-A Galaxy and Hercules planes made five separate airlifts delivering the components. The large–scale equipment included the off- gas compressor unit and the lower half of the air blower. Another impressive part of the effort required Fluor to act as air traffic control to land the components to the job site.