Project Detail

Port Arthur Refinery Expansion Modular Project

Brewer, ME (Cianbro Eastern Manufacturing Facility)

“I have no doubt after seeing this facility, spending some time with Pete Vigue, spending some time with the Cianbro employees, that you have a very bright and prosperous future beyond that. By all measures, this is a world-class facility, and you should be exceptionally proud of it." William Welte, Motiva President and CEO at the grand opening of Cianbro’s Eastern Manufacturing Facility.

Scope of Work

Cianbro was selected from a field of 60 facilities from around the world to construct and fabricate modules for Motiva's Refinery Expansion Project. 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, Texas 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 surveying, 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 feet wide by 60 feet tall by 120 feet long, weighing up to 700 tons, with an aggregate of 13,000 metric tons of modules, including:
    • 9,000 tons of steel
    • 145,000 linear feet of pipe fabrication
    • 190,000 linear feet of pipe installation
    • 35,000 linear feet of cable tray
    • 25,000 linear feet of conduit
    • 300 cubic yards of concrete
  • Additional work included:
    • Equipment setting
    • Heavy haul and heavy lifting/rigging
    • Hydro testing
    • Industrial painting


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