Thursday, July 28, 2005

CFI lands Chevron contract

Chevron Global Refining, in in a press release on June 21, announced it plans to increase capacity at the Pascagoula Refinery’s Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) by about 25 percent, from current capacity of 63,000 barrels per day.

This project will increase the Pascagoula Refinery’s gasoline production by 500,000 gallons per day. With environmental permits in place, construction of the $150 million FCC project is expected to begin next month and be complete in late 2006.

Contract Fabricators Inc. of Holly Springs is fabricating components for the reactor and regenerator.

“We are pleased to see significant investments being made here that help the Pascagoula Refinery maintain its long term viability and competitiveness,” Chevron Global Refining president Jeet Bindra said. “This FCC Project will upgrade the unit’s technology, resulting in improved reliability and energy efficiency.”

Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said Chevron’s announcement is terrific news for all Mississippians.

“Chevron’s commitment to Mississippi is almost unprecedented,” he said. “Over the last 42 years, they have invested more than $2 billion in the Pascagoula Refinery. At the same time, they have been excellent neighbors investing in communities on the Coast and across the state. We need more companies like Chevron in Mississippi.”

Pascagoula Refinery general manager Roland Kell, a member of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, noted that he had directed the project team to focus on doing business in Jackson County and Mississippi.

“We’ve made hiring locally and buying local goods and services a priority,” he said. “In fact, American Tank and Vessel, headquartered in Lucedale, Miss., is fabricating the project’s new distillation column at their newly opened facility on the Escatawpa River in Moss Point. Floore Industrial Contractors, another hometown company, is fabricating the FCC reactor base plate template and Contract Fabricators, Inc. in Holly Springs is fabricating components for the reactor and regenerator.”

Additionally, Chevron has chosen J.E. Merit Constructors, Inc. to manage a number of subcontractors that will perform the construction work. Subcontractors will hire over 1,000 workers with a wide range of skills, including electricians, welders, and pipe fitters. Employment will increase from about 300 this year to 1,300 in 2006, when most of the work will be done. Those interested in employment by subcontractors should contact the Mississippi Employment Services office on 14th Street in Pascagoula.

Chevron manufactures more than two million barrels of refined products in 21 wholly owned or joint-venture refineries and asphalt plants, and markets motor fuels through more than 25,000 retail outlets. The Pascagoula Refinery is Chevron’s largest wholly owned petroleum refinery processing an average 325,000 barrels of crude oil a day and producing a variety of products including five million gallons of gasoline a day.

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