Due to the extreme location and weather environment, the Alaskan construction season is drastically shortened. To deliver the cost and compressed schedule requirements, Fluor maximized the use of off-site fabrication and modular construction.
As in the first plant, most of the new vessels, coolers, piping modules and compressor engines were mounted on skids or otherwise packaged in Houston to allow quick installation. When the shipments arrived in Alaska, they were loaded onto barges and towed to the Trading Bay job site. At high tide, the barges were beached nearby. Bulldozers then built ramps out of beach sand, over which the equipment was offloaded and skidded to the site.
In September, the original compressors were shut down to allow tie-in of the new equipment, and the completed plant was reached start up less than two weeks later.