TEXAS: Petroliam Nasional Bhd has awarded New York-listed Fluor Corp an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract to build an isononanol plant located in Pengerang, Johor.

Fluor will book the undisclosed contract value in the third quarter of 2017. “This award is a testament to the strong partnership we have with Petronas,” said Fluor’s energy and chemicals business for the Asia-Pacific region president Ken Choudhary.

“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,” he said.

The project is part of Petronas’ Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) project and the mammoth UIS$27 billion Pengerang Integrated Complex development.

Fluor, in a consortium with Technip, is serving as the program management consultant for the RAPID project, as well as the EPCM contractor for the utilities, interconnecting and offsites scope.

The facility will produce 250,000 tonnes per year of isononanol, which is a key chemical building block in plasticizers used in the automotive and building industries. Facility start-up is expected to materialise in 2019.

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