INEOS Chlor Ltd. awarded a front-end engineering and design contract for an undisclosed sume to Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based Fluor Corp. for a new chlor-alkali plant to be built at INEOS Chlor's manufacturing complex at Runcorn, Cheshire, UK.

The plant will use INEOS Chlor's chlor-alkali membrane technology, BiChlor. Constructed on a brown-field site at the Runcorn complex, the plant will produce about 400,000 tons of chlorine/year. The new facility will include brine treatment, electrolyses, chlorine drying and liquefaction, hydrochloric acid and sodium hypochlorite syntheses, storage, loading, and utilities.

Fluor will serve as the overall project manager while working with engineers from Uhde GMBH, Dortmund, Germany, and INEOS Chlor. Engineering is currently under way at Fluor's office in Haarlem, the Netherlands.