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SNC-Lavalin signs JV with Alberta firm to build Texas chemical plant

SNC-Lavalin is providing overall project management, engineering, procurement services, while JV Driver is providing overall construction management


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MONTREAL—SNC-Lavalin has signed a joint venture with Leduc, Alta.-based infrastructure and engineering company JV Driver to design and build a polyalphaolefin (PAO) unit at the INEOS petrochemical complex in Chocolate Bayou, Texas.

The contract was awarded a lump sum EPC contract from INEOS Oligomers, a global petrochemical company based in the UK and with operations in 22 countries.

The PAO unit is expected to come online in October 2019, with a production capacity of 120,000 metric tons per annum and is expected to contribute to INEOS Oligomers’ growth.

Polyalphaolefins are oil-based lubricants that have applications in diverse industries ranging from aerospace and automotive to healthcare and industrial.

“This is a significant win for SNC-Lavalin and a major opportunity for us to expand on our excellent track record of safely delivering engineering, procurement and construction projects in downstream oil and gas,” said Christian Brown, President, Oil & Gas, SNC-Lavalin. “Working in collaboration with our joint venture partner JV Driver, we are looking forward to building a long term relationship with INEOS.”

SNC-Lavalin is providing overall project management, engineering, procurement services, while JV Driver is providing overall construction management. SNC-Lavalin and JV Driver will jointly self-perform the main civil, mechanical, structural, electrical and instrumentation construction scopes of work.


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