PCL constructed this deep conversion sulfur block as part of a 50,000-barrels-per-day expansion to an existing refinery. The project required extraordinary planning and coordination due to its minuscule laydown and staging area, and the project footprint at the back of the refinery. Further, there was no room onsite to accommodate the large crane necessary to support construction.
To overcome this deficiency and enable efficient lifts, the project team developed a plan to use tower cranes instead of a conventional crane. This unique approach to construction in an industrial environment won accolades from the client and served as an efficient means of handling the lifting requirements.
Due to the competition for labor in this growing area, the client relied on PCL’s access to skilled craft labor beyond Southeast Texas. As the self-performing contractor, PCL completed underground piping, civil work, equipment foundations, structural steel, process piping, equipment installation, electrical and instrumentation, and insulation work. The PCL team worked 3,037,671 hours without a lost-time incident.