KBR has secured a $65m contract from Chevron Products Co to execute a base oil expansion project at a refinery in Pascagoula in the US state of Mississippi.

The project includes building a new lubes hydrocracker and a lube dewaxing/hydrofinishing unit.

Work is expected to begin in May this year, and KBR intends to hire staff locally for the execution of this project.

KBR Services president David Zimmerman said that the company has a long history of executing major construction projects in this region and at this refinery.

"We look forward to continuing this tradition, using local resources to deliver a project that meets schedule and cost targets," Zimmerman said.

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