Fluor completes new Valvoline lube blending plant in China early
Fluor Corporation announced that it has safely achieved mechanical completion of Valvoline’s new lubricants blending plant in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province, China, ahead of schedule. Fluor’s scope of work on the project included detailed engineering, procurement and construction management executed under a lump-sum services contract.
Strategically located, the new 80,000-square-metre lube blending and packaging facility is Valvoline’s largest plant investment to date – and its first in China – supplying more than 30 million gallons (115 million litres) of finished lubricants and coolants per year for both passenger car and heavy-duty vehicle customers.
“We have been privileged to work with Valvoline and support its efforts to meet the growing automotive market in China,” said Mark Fields, president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals business. “Even during the challenges of the global pandemic, Fluor was able to maintain progress and deliver the project safely, on budget and ahead of schedule. Congratulations to the entire project team on this remarkable achievement.”
The project began in October 2018. More than 600 workers were on site at peak during construction, and no lost-time incidents were recorded over the duration of the project.
Fluor’s Shanghai office led the project with its Cebu, Philippines, location providing support as needed.
Valvoline Inc., based in Lexington, Ky., U.S.A., said at the time of the project announcement in May 2018, that it expected to invest approximately USD70 million (RMB 443 million). This represented Valvoline’s single largest lube blending plant investment worldwide, the company said.
“Capturing opportunities for volume and premium product growth in key international markets is an essential strategy for the company,” said Sam Mitchell, chief executive officer, said at the time of the announcement.
“This new plant is an investment in China and its rapidly growing demand for high-quality lubricants and coolants to meet the evolving needs of both passenger cars and heavy-duty customers.”
About Fluor Corporation
Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) is a global engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and maintenance company with projects and offices on six continents. Fluor’s 47,000 employees build a better world by designing, constructing and maintaining safe, well-executed, capital-efficient projects. Fluor is ranked 181 among the Fortune 500 companies. With headquarters in Irving, Texas, U.S.A., Fluor has served its clients for more than 100 years. For more information, visit www.fluor.com.