Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has announced that it has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract from Celanese Corporation for the construction of a vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) emulsions production plant at Jurong Island, Singapore.
Under the terms of the contract, Jacobs is responsible for the detailed engineering and design of the project; plus procurement of major equipment and management of construction services. Company officials did not disclose the contract value.
With a VAE plant in Singapore, Celanese will broaden its network to better serve customers throughout the Asia-Pacific region, primarily in the higher-end applications of architectural coatings, building and construction, carpets, and paper industries.
Construction is expected to begin by mid-2015, and the unit is expected to begin production by second half of 2016. Upon making the announcement, Jacobs Group Vice President Kevin McMahon said, “We have an existing relationship with Celanese Corporation in the U.S., and we are delighted to expand this relationship into the Asia region. We look forward to leveraging our globally recognized EPCM experience to oversee this strategically important plant construction.”