EPCM Fluor Awarded EPCM Services Contract for BASF TDI Complex Project

Editor: Wolfgang Ernhofer

Fluor Corporation announced that 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.

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Groundbreaking for BASF's new TDI facility at Ludwigshafenin November 2012: From left Raimar Jahn, head of Polyurethanes, Margret Suckale, member of the BASF board and Dr. Bernhard Nick, head of the Verbund-site Ludwigshafen.
Groundbreaking for BASF's new TDI facility at Ludwigshafenin November 2012: From left Raimar Jahn, head of Polyurethanes, Margret Suckale, member of the BASF board and Dr. Bernhard Nick, head of the Verbund-site Ludwigshafen.
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Irving/USA; Haarlem/The Netherlands – 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.

The investment of BASF includes the construction of a new hydrogen chloride recycling plant as well as the expansion of plants for nitric acid, chlorine and synthesis gas. It is also planned to expand the aromatics complex at the site for the supply of toluene.

Total investment including the required infrastructure at Ludwigshafen site will be about €1 billion and create around 200 additional jobs. Production will start at the end of 2014. BASF plans to close down its 80,000 metric tons per year TDI production plant in Schwarzheide, Germany, when the new plant goes on stream.

TDI for polyurethane foams

Fluor said the company 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 (e.g., seating cushion and interior applications) as well as in the furniture segment (e.g., 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 operations center,” said Peter Oosterveer, president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals Group.

Fluor’s Haarlem, the Netherlands, 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.

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