During the Approved for Design phase, Fluor developed a detailed plan and cost estimate for the project. Long lead equipment was purchased to support the fast track schedule. Fluor prepared the detailed design and deliverables necessary to construct the unit during the EPC phase. All purchases were placed, and the cost estimates and schedules were updated as required.
The project was both cost and schedule driven. Several million dollars of capital cost savings, representing a significant portion of the plant's original capital cost estimate, were saved through the efforts of the joint Phillips/Fluor team. As the unit was a first-of-its-kind technology, Phillips' research & design personnel made a design change to accommodate their findings during fluidization testing while the detailed design effort was underway. This change was absorbed by the team without a significant schedule impact.