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DowDuPont project managers share success behind $6 bn US Gulf Coast Investment

Posted June 15, 2018 by Silvia Zurita in Business, Business Valuation, Construction, Construction News, Downstream, Energy, Engineering, Financial, Natural Gas, Petrochemical, Valuation

Posted on Jun 14, 2018 – by Heather Doyle, Petrochemical  Update

Dow Chemical has delivered a successful U.S. Gulf Coast investment program and will take lessons learned in efficient construction, capital effectiveness, costs and quality as the company looks to invest further, company executives said.

Three Dow Chemical leaders who oversaw the company’s $6 billion U.S. Gulf Coast Investment program spoke about the fundamental’s that led to the success of the six-year massive buildout to utilize low-cost and advantaged U.S. shale gas feedstock.

The Dow PDH unit in Freeport, Texas

They discussed the challenges and strategies that made the program successful at the Downstream Engineering, Construction and Maintenance conference and exhibition in Galveston, Texas. The Dow Chemical Company is a subsidiary of DowDuPont.

Dow had 15 project teams that were set up across eight geographic sites, working with different EPC firms and construction contractors and using a variety of execution models with overlapping schedules on a multi-year timeline, William Newton, the commissioning and startup leader said.

“The investments involved roughly 4,000 pieces of equipment, 32,000 instruments and analyzers, and more than 3 million feet of pipe that had to be installed, tested, commissioned and started up and that was done successfully with no major issues for the gulf stream program,” Newton said.

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