Global facility designer Fluor Corporation has won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to deliver the outside battery limits (OSBL) at Sasol’s Secunda plant, South Africa.

Awarded by Sasol Group Technology, a division of Sasol South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Flour will engineer, procure and construct the facilities of the OSBL under the Additional Oxygen Capacity Train 17 Outside Battery Limits project.

The scope of the project includes the integration of Train 17’s product streams with other live operations, such as high pressure oxygen (O2), both high and low pressure nitrogen (N2) and dry air, as well as electricity supply, associated infrastructure and utilities upgrades to the air separation unit (ASU) at the Secunda site.

Tier One player Air Liquide was contracted by Sasol in 2015 to construct the ASU, dubbed the Additional Oxygen Capacity Train 17 project. Once commissioned in December 2017, it will be the largest ASU ever built, producing a total capacity of 5,000 tonnes of O2 per day; a milestone in the history of industrial gas production. 


Supporting the project’s advancement, Al Collins, President of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals business in Europe, Africa and Middle East, signified, “We are leveraging our extensive knowledge of the Secunda facility and our innovative global procurement and design approaches to develop a capital-efficient solution for our client.”

Alejandro Escalona, General Manager of Fluor South Africa, expressed, “The benefits to both the project and to Sasol include schedule predictability, cost certainty, reduced risk, single-point accountability, optimisation of commercial process, improved interfaces and reduced cost for the owner.”

The connection between Fluor and Sasol spans more than 50 years, with Fluor being named the managing contractor by Sasol to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for Secunda’s oil-from-coal complexes, Sasol II and Sasol III. Fluor has since supported other Sasol projects globally.

“This award marks the continuation of a successful relationship that has spanned more than half a century and includes some of South Africa’s landmark projects,” Escalona added.