Taiwan’s leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for hydrocarbon and petrochemical projects has now reached a new milestone in plant modularization. Five mega mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) processing modules have been assembled and have reached mechanical completion as of July 2021. CTCI led the modular design and fabrication of these modules. The modules were delivered last February to the site in Gregory, Texas, and the entire plant will come online in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The project was created in regions around the world including Taiwan, the U.S., China, Mexico, India and Malaysia. Once the plant is fully operational, it will be the largest globally built MEG plant, supplying 1.1 million metric tons of MEG annually, and the largest onshore modularized project in the world to date. The Gulf Coast Growth Ventures project is owned equally by ExxonMobil and SABIC. ExxonMobil has the role of site operator.

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The front-end engineering design (FEED) and the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction (EPFC) of this modularization was led by CTCI in a joint venture with American company McDermott International Ltd. After winning the FEED competition, the joint venture, CMI, received the lump sum EPFC contract in the second quarter of 2018.

John T. Yu, Group Chairman of CTCI, said, "It is an honor for CTCI Group to take part in the world's largest onshore modularization EPC project. With one common goal in mind, our global team overcame all difficulties, including challenges from COVID-19. Now that the modules have been well prefabricated and reached mechanical completion, it truly sets a new record for CTCI's global projects."

The project required extraordinary engineering, fabrication, coordination and quality control, as well as the efforts of a 1,300-person onsite workforce. Completion of the module hookups, as well as reaching mechanical completion, happened in just six months, with a record of 14 million safe work hours.

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