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Institute names Fluor contract as project of the year

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Staff Report
Published Nov. 23, 2015

The Project Management Institute selected Chevron’s El Segundo Refinery Coke Drum Project in El Segundo, Calif., as its 2015 Project of the Year.

According to Fluor Corp., it served as the engineering, procurement and construction management contractor, along with performing “initial studies and front-end design work” on the project.

The winning project included replacing six coke drums and using seismic upgrades to another coker structure at the refinery. Fluor officials said the project “required extensive scaffolding and 15 major lifts that ranged from 166 tons to 500-plus tons and took place at heights of more than 250 feet.” Fluor officials also said the project was $7 million under budget and was completed four months ahead of schedule.

“Through close collaboration with Chevron and all stakeholders, we met a significant challenge and helped deliver this project ahead of schedule, under budget and, most importantly, safely,” said Jim Brittain, president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals business in the Americas, in a statement.

Part of the project included reducing the transport distance of the new drums to the site. The old drums were removed and the new, 95-foot-tall drums were installed. Fluor officials said the new drums “are three times as heavy as the Space Shuttle Endeavour.” The project also called for the removal of a 1 million-pound, six-derrick structure and cutting dock that covered the coke drums.

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