EPC Polymer Production Fluor Chosen for Polymer Production Project in Saudi Arabia

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Fluor just announced the signing of an EPC Contract for an all new Saudi-Arabian polymers project. Fluor officials see trend towards an emerging polymer industry in the Middle-East.

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Irving, Texas/USA – Fluor has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract by SAPCo for the construction of a polymer production in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The Super Absorbent Polymer Project (SAP) of SAPCo, a joint venture of Saudi Acrylic and Evonik, is expected to be completed by the end of 2013. It will produce absorbent polymers for disposable diapers and is part of a larger program being developed by Saudi Acrylic Acid Company, for which Fluor has been engaged since the early developments of the project.

"SAPCo's confidence in Fluor's ability to successfully execute this project reflects well upon our more than 60 year track record performing chemicals, plastics and oil & gas projects in Saudi Arabia," said Peter Oosterveer, president of Fluor's Energy & Chemicals Group. "The growing interest in chemicals and plastics capital development projects in the Middle East and throughout the world plays well into our long-term global leadership role in developing such projects."

Nearly 200 professional staff in Fluor's Haarlem, Manila and Al Khobar offices (Netherlands, Philippines and Saudi Arabia respectively) will be engaged on the project, plus a construction staff of nearly 700 workers at peak. The contract value remained undisclosed.

This contract is not the first of its kind for Fluor in Jubail: earlier this month, the American company announced to be selected for engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) works for Sdara, a joint venture of Dow and Saudi Aramco.