Chemicals & Petrochemicals

McDermott has provided specialty engineering, procurement and construction services to the chemical and petrochemical industry for more than 80 years. We offer considerable expertise in many state-of-the-art petrochemical technologies. These technologies include olefins, polypropylene, styrene and styrenic polymers, light hydrocarbons (C3-C5), phenolics and other specialty chemicals. McDermott has the unique ability to offer our clients a full-scope product utilizing both in-house technologies and proven engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction services. 

We design and build everything from process units and plants, to pipelines, ambient temperature and cryogenic storage systems and import/export terminals. Our comprehensive services include licensed technologies, process design, front-end engineering and design, detailed engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, permitting assistance, operator training, commissioning and startup. 

Choosing the right solution

When it comes to manufacturing chemicals, process is everything. Our experienced engineers and designers are familiar with a variety of process technologies. They carefully evaluate each project's requirements, weigh the options and recommend the best solution for the customer. 

Applying innovative construction methods

We can execute petrochemical projects using modular construction methods, conventional ("stick-built") construction, or a combination of both. In many cases, modular construction allows the project schedule to be compressed and can reduce costs associated with local on-site labor. We can exercise rigorous safety and quality controls during construction at our in-house facilities. Modular construction also minimizes the impact of the project on the customer's operations and allows a number of processes, such as permitting and transportation, to run concurrently. 

When a project requires field erection, we develop a detailed plan that takes into account labor and equipment requirements, space availability at the installation site and many other factors. When the installation site is a working plant, we make every effort to minimize the impact of the project on our customer's other operations. In addition, we implement proven quality assurance and safety procedures to ensure quality construction and minimize the risks associated with plant construction. As a result, we have successfully delivered thousands of projects with zero recordable incidents.

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