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February 19, 2013
Fluor awarded TDI project for BASF in Germany
Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; www.fluor.com) says it has secured a contract for engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for BASF’s toluene diisocyanate (TDI) Complex project at BASF’s site in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Fluor booked the undisclosed value into backlog in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The single-train, 300,000 metric tons-per-year plant will produce TDI and expand additional plants as precursors for polyurethanes at the BASF site in Ludwigshafen. Production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2014. Fluor has been involved in the project since 2011 performing support services for both the pre-front-end engineering and design (pre-FEED) and the FEED work for this project. TDI is a key component used for polyurethane foams. To a large extent, it is used in the automotive industry (seating cushion and interior applications) as well as in the furniture segment (flexible foams for mattresses, cushions or wood coating).
“Fluor continues to expand its long resume for the design and construction of new chemicals plants led from our Haarlem (the Netherlands) operations center,” says Peter Oosterveer, president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals Group.
Fluor’s Haarlem operations center will lead the project with support from Gliwice, Poland. More than 800 Fluor craft workers are contributing to the construction of the facility expansion.