Industry Petroleum
Client Valero
Location Norco, LA

Brown & Root successfully completed the construction and commissioning of a key renewable diesel refinery expansion project for a significant customer 90 days ahead of schedule, exceeding the customers delivery expectations while meeting safety and quality targets!

This important renewable energy refinery expansion project has been a key success by allowing Brown & Root’s customer to advance their position in the energy transition marketplace.

The newly expanded 290 million-gallon-per-year renewable diesel plant processes recycled animal fats, used cooking oil and inedible corn oil into renewable diesel fuel while meeting the most stringent low-carbon fuel standards.

Scope of Work

Brown & Root’s scope consisted of Managing the Ecofiner and RGU units in a phase of construction and execution. 

Responsibilities included but were not limited to the following:

  • Project controls
  • Schedule
  • Subcontracts management
  • Logistic support and Materials Management
  • Structural Steel
  • Piping
  • Equipment installation
  • Painting
  • Scaffolding
  • Insulation
  • Fireproofing
  • Equipment Installation

*Equipment Installation includes compressors, reciprocating and centrifrugal, pump installation, tank and various 110’ reactors.


  • Late equipment deliverables – Brown & Root adjusted our execution strategy to out of sequence tasks to maintain schedule due to large pump skids not arriving until the very end of the project. 
  • Stringent quality requirements on the project that facilitated additional coordination with various parties.

Major Accomplishments

  • Accelerated completion – 3 months ahead of schedule
  • Percent of Self Performed Work: 95%
  • Outstanding Performance (Safety, Quality, Budget/Cost, Schedule)
  • ABC Construction Award of Excellence within Revenue Class

Brown & Root is assisting the community and the climate by supporting green initiatives the government mandated for our Oil and Gas industry. The construction of green plants improves our environment and helps reduce air pollutants in Louisiana and abroad.

Brown & Root is thankful to our customers and our team members for the opportunity to execute this key renewable diesel project. This project is a significant addition to our company’s portfolio of successful projects. Through the dedication, innovation, and work ethic of our talented team members and our company processes, Brown & Root is confident in our ability to deliver solutions for highly complex projects for our customers.

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