Fluor just completed the largest chemical complex in Western Hemisphere

The Dow'sn Freeport propane dehydrogenation unit (courtesy of Dow)

The Dow’sn Freeport propane dehydrogenation unit (courtesy of Dow)

Fluor announced that it has safely finished the mechanical construction of The Dow Chemical company’s new ethylene production facility in Freeport, Texas, on schedule, according to a company’s press release.
Fluor provided engineering, procurement and construction services on the 1.5-million-ton-per-year light-hydrocarbon cracker, which can use both ethane and propane as feedstock. The ethylene produced by the facility will be used as a building block for many of Dow’s industry-leading performance plastics products.
After receiving the contract award in 2013, construction began in 2014, and more than 3,000 Fluor craft employees and subcontractors were involved onsite at peak to deliver the project, for a total of more than 5 million consecutive work hours.
In addition to the ethane cracker, Fluor also built a 750,000-ton-per-year propane dehydrogenation unit, which was completed in 2015. Dow’s Freeport, Texas complex is the largest integrated chemical manufacturing complex in the Western hemisphere.