Fluor Wins Malaysia Isononanol Plant Contract

PETRONAS Refinery and Petrochemical Corp. Sdn. Bhd. has awarded Fluor Corp. an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for an isononanol plant in Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia, Fluor reported Monday.

"This award is a testament to the strong partnership we have with PETRONAS," Ken Choudhary, president of Fluor's energy and chemicals business for Asia-Pacific, said in a company announcement. "We will use our experience and best practices gained from completing other isononanol facilities on time and on budget to deliver this project with excellence."

Fluor, which did not disclose the contract value, noted the facility will produce 250,000 tons per year of isononanol – a chemical building block in plasticizers used in automotive and building sector applications. The isononanol plant is a component of PETRONAS's Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project and the $27 billion Pengerang Integrated Complex development, Fluor stated. Also, Fluor said that – in conjunction with a consortium with Technip – it is serving as RAPID's program management consultant and the project's EPCM contractor for the utilities, interconnecting and offsites scope of work.

Fluor anticipates a 2019 start-up for the isononanol plant.

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