BASF awards engineering work to Fluor on German toluene diisocyanate plant

Fluor has secured a contract for engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCm) services for BASF’s toluene diisocyanate (TDI) project in Ludwigshafen, Germany, the companies said on Tuesday.

Fluor booked the undisclosed value into its backlog for the fourth quarter of 2012.

The single-train, 300,000 tpy 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.

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 operations center,” said Peter Oosterveer, president of Fluor’s energy and chemicals business.

Fluor’s Haarlem hub in the Netherlands will lead the project with support from Gliwice, Poland. More than 800 Fluor craft workers are expected to contribute to the construction of the facility expansion.

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