Engineering contractor Fluor has announced that its Mexico-based industrial construction joint venture company, ICA Fluor, was awarded a $51 million contract by Pemex Exploration and Production for the construction of two lightweight offshore platforms for the Cantarell production field in the Gulf of Mexico.

According to ICA Fluor, the company and its subsidiary Industria del Hierro will be responsible for the procurement, construction, testing and load out of the wellhead recovery structures.

The new offshore platforms will be connected to the existing Akal-R and Akal-L production platforms. The additional infrastructure will help Pemex maintain heavy oil and associated gas production levels at the Cantarell field and will help to minimize the impact of crude oil decrease at this reservoir, said Fluor.

Earlier in the first week of December 2008, Fluor Corporation announced that it was awarded a contract for the construction and construction management of process, utility and offsites in connection with a coker refinery expansion project by WRB Refining LLC, a joint venture between ConocoPhillips and EnCana. Fluor will book the undisclosed contract amount in the company’s fourth quarter 2008.

ICA Fluor is an industrial engineering company in Mexico, engaged in the engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance of industrial facilities in oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical, automotive, electricity, mining and telecommunication industries.