Industry Advanced Catalyst Solutions
Client Ketjen Corporation
Location Pasadena, TX

Brown & Root is actively engaged in the delivery of an exciting Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC)Project to Ketjen Corporation (Ketjen), a wholly owned subsidiary of Albemarle Corporation(NYSE: ALB).

Ketjen, a leading provider of advanced catalyst solutions to producers in the petrochemical, refining, and specialty chemical industries, is a key strategic customer for Brown & Root. Through our partnership with this customer, we are executing all stages of design(engineering), through direct-hire construction and startup of the industrial expansion of the ZSM-5 unit. This new unit will enable our customer additional integrated production capacity for shape selective zeolite (ZSM-5)which is used with FCC catalyst to convert oils into light olefins.

Brown & Root’s teams have an extended history of successful project execution history at the Albemarle/Ketjen Bayport Texas facility, as well as other similar facilities throughout North America. We have executed many of the following scopes and projects for Ketjen:

  • Engineering/Design
  • Small-to-mid size capital projects
  • Delivery of embedded ongoing maintenance activities
  • Soft craft services (scaffolding, insulation, painting)
  • Turnaround and emergency response services

Given our experience, resources, and capabilities, Brown & Root’s team is performing all aspects of Engineering through Detailed Design and OSBL Expansion on the ZSM-5 project. In support of developing the manufacturing unit, we are providing:

  • Project Management
  • Engineering/ Design
  • Laser Scanning Services

Our scope includes:

  • installation of a seven-story main process structure (ISBL)
  • Numerous OSBL installments
  • New tank farm
  • Cooling tower
  • Air compressor
  • Sump system
  • PDC MCC building with switchgear and transformers
  • Control room
  • Conference room
  • Office space
  • Elevator
  • Rack room.

Major Accomplishments

  • Our teams commenced the design aspects of this project in 2021 and are looking forward to construction completion/start-up in 2024.
  • Given the unique challenges of designing and constructing adjacent to a live brownfield environment (operating units) our team’s experience, combined with strong communication and collaboration with our customer has enabled us significant project success.
  • Other areas where our teams have delivered solutions include procurement/supply chain-related disruptions (extended equipment delivery/lead times) and careful environmental planning and permitting results.
  • While this project is led by our local Houston Engineering & Construction operations, multiple Brown & Root Business and Service Lines are excited to participate in this project and deliver timely and cost-effective solutions, including our Engineering, Construction, Specialty Services, and Specialty Welding Teams!

Ketjen Corporation - EPC Services

We are excited about our ongoing partnership with Ketjen and our continued focus on delivering this project safely, on-time, on-budget, and without quality or performance issues. This key project will help our client to focus on operations of its integrated manufacturing processes which limits the need from outside sources.

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