A hub in the swamp: The Port of Iberia
ON THE WATERFRONT
The Port of Iberia is a 2,000-acre industrial and manufacturing site south of Lafayette that is home to over 100 companies and 5,000 workers involved in oil and gas fabrication and production, materials handling, marine services and more. The port has direct access to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and access to the Gulf through its 13-foot deep main navigational channel.
One of the top current priorities at the Port of Iberia is the creation of the Acadiana Gulf of Mexico Access Channel. Craig Romero, port executive director, recently met with lawmakers to brief them on the AGMAC status and emphasize its importance. “We will continue to pursue the deepening of the channel,” Romero said. “The AGMAC will increase the business potential for the Port of Iberia and Acadiana.”
THE NEXT BIG THING
At the center of this image is a major manufacturing project completed at the port for Fluor Technip Integrated and South Africa-based Sasol, which is building the largest of Louisiana’s megaprojects in Westlake. Dynamic Industries Inc., a fabrication and service provider to the global oil, gas and energy industries, fabricated and assembled these pipe racks at its Port of Iberia facility and then shipped them to Sasol. Dynamic was selected for this work in part due to its long history of successfully completing multiple projects for Fluor and its clients, Dynamic said in a statement.
“This project is another example of the quality work that is performed by Dynamic Industries Inc. at the Port of Iberia,” said Jeff Clement, COO of Dynamic, U.S. Fabrication Division. “This project was very successful for Dynamic, FTI and Sasol and was completed with no lost-time accidents. Dynamic prides itself for delivering quality work, on time, within budget and most of all safely, in accordance with our company motto, ‘Everyone Arrives Home Safely.’ ”
THE END USER
These pipe racks were transported in October to become a component in Sasol’s Lake Charles Chemicals Project in Westlake, a new 1.5 million-ton-per-year ethane cracker with six downstream chemical units that will roughly triple Sasol’s chemical production capacity in the U.S. and expand its position in the growing global chemical markets.
This article was originally published in the second quarter 2017 edition of 10/12 Industry Report. Read more from this issue at 1012industryreport.com.