Press Release

Zachry Group earns industry recognition for project successes in Texas and Virginia

Posted: 10/07/2015

SAN ANTONIO, TX (October 6, 2015) — On the same day ENR Texas & Louisiana named Zachry Group’s work on the BASF emulsion polymer plant in Freeport, Texas as its Energy/Industrial Project of the Year, Zachry and its joint venture partner Burns and McDonnell Engineering were named as a finalist for Power Engineering’s Project of the Year in the gas project division for the Dominion Warren County Power Station near Front Royal, Virginia.

On the BASF emulsion polymers project, a 200-person effort completed last fall, Zachry provided complete engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for a new facility in an area surrounded by a fully operational BASF chemicals complex. The plant’s emulsion polymers are used in architectural coatings, construction chemicals and adhesives.

Limited laydown space at the project site required materials to be delivered just in time for installation. These logistics benefited by having one company in a singular EPC role. Miles of piping were provided from a fabrication shop in Freeport operated by JV Industrial Companies Ltd. (JVIC), a company acquired by Zachry in 2012. Pipe supports were manufactured at Zachry’s shop in Charlotte, N.C.

“We’re honored to have our first full EPC project in the chemical process industry result in a Project of the Year award,” said Keith Manning, Zachry Executive Vice President, Enterprise Strategic Development. “With the abundance of low-cost natural gas feedstocks, development of chemical and petrochemical facilities continues at an accelerated rate throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond. This project was a great example of what our team can accomplish for these clients.”

The 1,346-megawatt Warren County Power Station, engineered and constructed by Warren County Energy Partners, a joint venture of Zachry and Burns and McDonnell, began commercial operation in December and is capable of powering 325,000 homes. The gas-fueled generating facility is among the nation’s cleanest fossil-fuel-fired stations.

At the peak of the project, more than 1,500 workers were on site. In addition to increasing the available electric power to the area, project employees were also active in the community, purchasing and assembling new playground facilities for local elementary schools, installing a new kitchen for a free clinic and raising significant donations for the United Way.

As one of two finalists in Power Engineering’s gas project category, Zachry and Burns and McDonnell Engineering are among eight overall finalists in Power Engineering’s four categories

The winners of the Projects of the Year Awards will be announced Dec. 7 during the Power-Gen International Conference 2015 in Las Vegas. An overall Project of the Year will also be chosen from the eight finalists.

Zachry Group is America's pace-setter in turnkey construction, engineering, maintenance, turnaround and fabrication services in the power, energy, chemicals, manufacturing and industrial sectors. It works with customers to plan, build and renew their most critical facilities, so they can achieve their immediate and long-term goals, all at the highest safety standards. Zachry Group operates 35 offices, with more than 20,000 employees working in more than 400 locations nationwide. Visit for more information.