Flint Hills lets contract for Texas refinery expansion

Flint Hills Resources LLC, a subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc., has let a contract to a unit of Wood Group for work related to Project Eagle Ford (PEF), a $600-million program designed to increase processing capabilities for US light crude oil production at its 230,000-b/d West refinery in Corpus Christi, Tex. (OGJ Online, Dec. 2, 2014).

Wood Group Mustang Inc. will provide detailed engineering, procurement, and other services for the refinery modification project, including module fabrication oversight as well as construction engineering support services, Wood Group said.

Engineering work on the project is due to be completed in mid-2016, the service provider said. A value of the contract was not disclosed.

This marks Flint Hills’ second PEF-related contract award to Wood Group Mustang, which previously completed conceptual and front-end engineering design phases for the project, Wood Group said.

Initially announced in 2012 and formerly named the Domestic Crude Project, PEF will involve the modification of equipment at the West refinery’s continuous catalytic regeneration hot oil heater, as well as the inclusion of a new saturates gas plant and associated hot oil heater (OGJ Online, May 29, 2014; Aug. 27, 2012).

In addition to equipping the refinery with an ability to process 100% US light US crude from nearby Eagle Ford shale play and boosting its overall crude processing capacity by about 7%, the expansion and modification project will enable reduced criteria air emissions from the Corpus Christi plant by the inclusion of best available control technologies.

PEF also will include installation of a mid-plant cooling tower, equipment piping, process vessels, and two storage tanks at the site.

Construction on the project, which began in December 2014, is scheduled to last 36 months.

Flint Hills most recently let a $300 million contract for PEF to KBR Inc., Houston, to deliver construction management and direct-hire construction services in phases over the next 3 years (OGJ Online, Apr. 10, 2015).

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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