Fluor’s scope of work will include building a coker, a desulfurization unit, a vacuum distillation unit and other related infrastructure. The new contract follows the completion of the front-end engineering and design (FEED) work that Fluor has performed for Total at the Port Arthur refinery.

Fluor will perform a portion of the work as self-perform construction and will also maintain the role of overall construction management. When commissioned in 2011, the refinery will convert heavy crude and will also process sour crude.

The new units will reportedly increase the facility’s deep-conversion capacity and expand its ability to process an additional three million tons-per-year of ultra-low sulfur automotive diesel. This is expected to raise the refinery’s total output of all products to about 12 million tons-per-year. The new product is expected to meet new US Federal Government fuel standards set to go into effect in 2010.

David Seaton, president of Fluor’s energy and chemicals group, said: We are excited to help Total pursue its strategy to enhance the efficiency and competitiveness of its large worldwide refining hubs and specifically with this significant Port Arthur project. Our recently completed FEED work for this site, coupled with a previous project for a gasoline hydrotreater at Port Arthur, enhances our ability to fulfill Total’s business and operational objectives for this important project.