CB&I’s LA MEG-1 (MEG-1) project achieved a major construction milestone with the erection of a wash tower that stands taller than the Statue of Liberty at 350-feet . A PTC-200 ringer crane with a capacity of 3,200 metric tons was used to set the wash tower, which is one of the largest cranes in the world in terms of capacity and reach. Even more noteworthy, is that the tower was set two weeks ahead of schedule.
“The setting of the wash tower was a tremendous achievement, especially ahead of schedule,” said Jonathan Moore, Project Manager for MEG-1. “We were faced with several challenges along the way; including hurricane Harvey. We could not have accomplished this milestone without the dedication of our project team and determination to meet our commitment to our customer and partner.”
The MEG-1 project was awarded to CB&I in December 2015 by Lotte Chemical Louisiana L.L.C., a subsidiary of Lotte Chemical U.S.A. and Lotte Chemical headquartered in Seoul, Korea.
“The setting of the wash tower was a significant accomplishment, and we look forward to the remaining months of hard work to complete this project,” said Andy Dadosky, Vice President and Project Director for MEG-1. “Upon completion of the MEG-1 project, the facility will be the largest ethylene glycol plant in the world with a capacity of 1,543 million pounds per year.”
The wash tower is an integral part of converting ethylene oxide into ethylene glycol. The ethylene glycol produced will be used as a feedstock to produce polymers for the plastics and clothing industries.