FCC Turnaround Project



During the 4th Quarter of 2020, Goebel Construction executed a Turnaround Event on Chevron’s Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) unit. Considered a Major Turnaround Event by the client, they entrusted Goebel to provide numerous services including mechanical piping, civil construction, and labor support. 

Project Highlights

  • Started and completed during the height of the pandemic
  • Pre-turnaround activities: 50,000 hrs. 
  • Turnaround man-hours, during execution (60-day duration): 100,000 hrs. 
  • Total man-hours: 150,000 
  • 465 weld count
  • 706 bolt ups
  • 7,000 tons earth moved
  • 0 recordable injuries
  • Project came in under budget and ahead of schedule 


  • Detailing and prefabrication of process piping spools 
  • Temporary piping installation and removal 
  • Isolation and blinding of unit 
  • Piping removal and replacement 
  • Valve changes 
  • PRD replacement 
  • Flare piping removal and re-installation 
  • Cooling tower cleanup
  • Import and removal of 3,500 tons of fill for temporary crane pad construction 
  • Anchor bolt and foundation replacement 
  • Grout column and flare bases 
  • Structural steel installation and repair 
  • Labor ground support 
  • Safety attendants (fire watch/hole watch)

Crafts Supported

  • Pipefitters
  • Laborers
  • Operators
  • Iron Workers