SOURCE: Bechtel Corp.

September 24, 2007 17:34 ET

Bechtel to Proceed on Major Texas Refinery Expansion

'Epic' Project Represents First New U.S. Refining Capacity in Three Decades

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - September 24, 2007) - Bechtel has received approval to proceed with detailed design and construction equivalent to building the nation's first new refinery in more than 30 years. On Friday, the owners of Motiva Enterprises LLC (jointly owned by Saudi Refining, Inc. and Shell Oil Co.) approved the final investment for the project, which will add 325,000 barrels per day (b/d) to its Port Arthur, Tex., refinery.

A joint venture of Bechtel Corp. and Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. will serve as primary contractor for engineering, procurement and construction. The expansion, scheduled to be complete in 2010, will double the size of the refinery to more than 600,000 b/d production capacity. The Bechtel Jacobs joint venture had previously been awarded early site preparation work and front end design, which are well underway.

Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc., President Jim Jackson said, "We are very pleased by Motiva's decision to approve the final investment for this expansion and honored to play such a major role in building this epic facility. We are bringing to the job an intense commitment to safety conforming to our 'zero accidents' philosophy, and will continue to deliver the high quality standards our customers expect."

Becon Construction Company, Inc., an affiliate of Bechtel, is heavily involved in efforts with local schools and agencies to recruit and train craft workers seeking potential employment on the project. An employment and community center is scheduled to open officially in Port Arthur in early October.

Those interested in training or employment can call 409.722.3471 or visit Suppliers and contractors seeking opportunities can register at (no www).


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