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Gulf Coast Growth Ventures (GCGV)

Gulf Coast Chemical Facility Project

Project GCGV Exxon Plant
A world-class plastics manufacturing facility in San Patricio, Texas
Location: China and USA
Operator: Gulf Coast Growth Ventures
Duration: 2018 - ongoing
Scope: Commissioning, Engineering, Procurement and Construction Support Services

The abundance of low-cost U.S. natural gas provides a unique opportunity to build this multi-billion dollar facility. When complete the chemical facility will include an ethane steam cracker capable of producing 1.8 million tonnes of ethylene per year, which will feed a monoethylene glycol unit and two polyethylene units.

We commenced works on the GCGV project in May 2018 through provision of personnel, tools and test equipment, vendor support and all related system completion services from planning to the execution of pre-commissioning, commissioning planning and start-up support across various client and EPC fabrication sites starting in the US, Japan, Taiwan, China and various vendors offices around the globe. In February 2021, we safely and successfully completed our commissioning scopes in China and commenced ramp-up of activities at the Gregory, Texas, U.S. site.

To ensure seamless execution and project success of our China commissioning scope, we established a partnership with a local technical college and tailored the training materials to the project scope before mobilising local technicians to the shipyards. This approach helped employ and train local work force and minimise skill gaps prior to mobilisation.

Today, we have over 300 personnel covering all disciplines at the Texas site, including direct manpower (i.e. Techs, Lead Techs) and indirect (i.e. Management, Leads, Specialist, Safety and Procurement Teams). We are also providing construction management support to the polyethene area of the plant and providing environmental management support to GCGV site wide. Currently we are in the final pre-commissioning, commissioning, and start-up stages at site which is on schedule to start up December of 2021.

In 2020, we were awarded a 5-year alliance agreement to provide detailed engineering, procurement and construction support services for the project. We are using our certified high value engineering centers on the project to reduce costs without compromising on quality or schedule.

Project Highlights:

  • Executed 600,000+ work hours without an LTI or recordable in China and another 346,000 and counting to date at the Gregory, Texas U.S. site facilities, also without an LTI or recordable.
  • Completed commissioning training for ~300 people over nine one week-long sessions with a 90% passing rate, of which ~250 were mobilized across the three Chinese Fab yards
  • Completed over 1630 B check sheets in one week across the three yards
  • Currently handling over $12m USD in procurement management and purchasing for site
  • Had in place over 125+ vendor support contracts ahead of schedule and currently managing the vendors mobilization to site for commissioning and start-up support.
  • Supporting the GCGV telecoms team with expert management personnel to drive telecoms subcontractor to completion
1 million +
safe workhours
300 +
people trained in China
300 +
current site personnel
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