Crude Expansion Project Port Arthur Refinery

Brewer, ME (Cianbro Eastern Manufacturing Facility)

The Eastern Manufacturing Facility is a modularization facility that assembles and ships modules for use in the industrial, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, pulp & paper, power generation, mining and transportation markets around the world.

Scope of Work

Cianbro was selected from a field of 60 module facilities from around the world to construct and fabricate modules for Motiva's Refinery Expansion Project located in Port Arthur, Texas. Cianbro assembled 51 modules at its deep water Eastern Manufacturing Facility (EMF) along the Penobscot River in Brewer, Maine. Completed modules were barged to Port Arthur as part of the construction of the 325,000 barrel-per-day capacity expansion project, making it the largest crude oil processing plant in North America. Heavy investments in labor-reducing and quality enhancing technology, such as automatic welding and cloud point laser scanning, interfaced with 3D modeling, ensuring assembly efficiency at EMF. Coordination with a world-wide network of material providers, related web-based communications and project controls, guaranteed on time delivery of critical components. That combined with high quality standards, including module-to-module interface alignment, and providing completely tested systems, ensured a start-up time of less than 30 days for this impressive project.

Project Details

  • Cianbro constructed and assembled 51 modules, ranging 40 ft wide by 60 ft tall by 120 ft long, weighing up to 700 tons, with an aggregate of 13,000 MT of modules, including:
    • 9,000 tons of steel
    • 145,000 LF of pipe fabrication
    • 190,000 LF of pipe installation
    • 35,000 LF of cable tray
    • 25,000 LF of conduit
    • 300 CY of concrete


2009 EPA Phoenix Award, in partnership with the City of Brewer, Maine