Fluor wins FEED contract for INEOS vinyl acetate monomer plant in Hull

Fluor Corporation has received a front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract from INEOS for the latter’s new vinyl acetate monomer plant at the Saltend Chemicals Park in Hull, UK, as per the latest chemical industry news.

The new vinyl acetate monomer plant will be designed to manufacture 300,000 metric tons per annum of the organic compound.

Simon Nottingham – president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals business in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, commenting on the FEED contract for the vinyl acetate monomer plant, said: “Fluor is pleased that INEOS has chosen us to continue supporting the company’s strategic investment plans with the return of this important VAM processing capability to the UK market.

“Our early involvement in this FEED allows Fluor to optimize cost and schedule certainty by leveraging our in-house construction-driven expertise.”

INEOS vinyl acetate monomer plant

Fluor wins FEED contract for INEOS vinyl acetate monomer plant in Hull. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/Freedigitalphotos.net.

US-based Fluor will create the design basis and technology selection for the vinyl acetate monomer facility with associated cost and schedule estimates, as part of the contract.

Supported by the company’s global experts and with inputs from INEOS engineers, Fluor’s Farnborough office will lead the work.

Fluor did not disclose the contract value, which was booked in the second quarter of 2019.

Vinyl acetate monomer is a key component for laminated windscreens, toughened glass, adhesives, films, coatings, and textiles.

Fluor, which was founded in 1912, is an engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, and maintenance company.

Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Fluor generated revenue of $19.2 billion in 2018 and has more than 53,000 employees globally.

INEOS produces petrochemicals, specialty chemicals, and oil products. The company consists of 34 businesses and 168 facilities spread across 26 countries.

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