Shaw Lands Deal For New Huntsman Chemical Plant In Louisiana

Plant will make maleic anhydride, used in a variety of applications.

The Shaw Group said Friday it has been awarded a construction management and services contract by Huntsman to build a new 100-million-pound/year maleic anhydride plant at Geismar, Louisiana.

Terms of the deal weren't available.

Shaw’s services include overall construction management, site work preparation, structural steel supply and erection, and the installation of mechanical equipment, piping systems, electrical components and instrumentation.

The new plant will be constructed within an existing operating area of Huntsman’s Geismar location and is expected to come on line in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals for a variety of industries, including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, textiles and packaging.

Maleic anhydride is a chemical intermediate essential to the production of a multitude of products.  Its largest single application is unsaturated polyester resins for use in housing, automotive and marine industries. It is also used in motor oil additives, artificial sweeteners, flavor enhancers, paper sizing, water treatment chemicals, epoxy curing agents, hair sprays, pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals and co-polymers.

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