BASF awards German TDI complex contract to Fluor

US-based Fluor Corporation will provide engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for BASF's toluene diisocyanate (TDI) complex project, in Germany.

"The plant will manufacture 300,000 metric tonnes per year (mtpy) of TDI."

The plant will manufacture 300,000 metric tonnes per year (mtpy) of TDI and expand additional plants, as precursors for polyurethanes at the Ludwigshafen site.

Fluor's Energy and Chemicals Group president Peter Oosterveer said: "Fluor continues to expand its long resume for the design and construction of new chemicals plants led from our Haarlem operations centre."

The single-train facility is expected to go on-stream in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Fluor's Haarlem (the Netherlands) operations centre will lead the project with the help of Gliwice, Poland.

The undisclosed value of the contract has been booked into the backlog of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to Fluor.

Since 2011 Fluor has been performing support services for both the pre-front-end engineering and design (pre-FEED) and the FEED work for the project.

TDI is used to manufacture polyurethane foams, which are employed in the automotive industry and the furniture sector.