Fluor Corporation has commenced with the mechanical construction for The Dow Chemical Company’s new ethylene derivative facility in Freeport, Texas. Its scope of work includes setting precast and steel structures, piping equipment, painting and insulation for the unit. More than 400 craft professionals are expected at peak construction, with mechanical completion planned for 2018.

The unit is designed for the production of High Melt Index polymers for hot melt adhesives, along with broad capability to produce conventional ENGAGE polyolefin elastomers and AFFINITY polyolefin plastomers for applications in packaging, transportation, infrastructure and consumer markets.

“Having recently finished construction of Dow’s ethylene production facility in Freeport safely and on schedule, this project is a natural transition for Fluor and our craft workforce,” said Jack Penley, senior vice president of Construction and Fabrication for Fluor. “We are proud of our craft workforce’s attention to safety, productivity and experience on the Freeport site over the past five years. We will leverage these best practices and expertise to deliver this project with capital efficiency and schedule certainty for Dow.”