Chicago Bridge & Iron


Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. NV history, profile and corporate video

 Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. NV operates as integrated engineering, procurement and construction services provider and process technology licensor, delivering comprehensive solutions to customers primarily in the energy, petrochemical and natural resource industries. It provides conceptual design, technology, engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction and commissioning services. The company is comprised of three business sectors: Steel Plate Structures, Project Engineering & Construction and Lummus Technology. The Steel Plate Structures sector provides engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction services, including mechanical erection services for the hydrocarbon, water and nuclear industries. Its projects include above ground storage tanks, elevated storage tanks, LNG tanks, pressure vessels, and other specialty structures, such as nuclear containment vessels. The Project Engineering & Construction sector provides engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction services for upstream and downstream energy infrastructure facilities. Its projects include LNG liquefaction and regasification terminals, gas processing plants, refinery units, petrochemical complexes and a wide range of other energy-related projects. The Lummus Technology sector provides licenses, services, catalysts and proprietary equipment for the hydrocarbon refining, petrochemical and gas processing industries. Chicago Bridge & Iron was founded in 1889 and is headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands.

“Chicago Bridge & Iron History

Founded in 1889 in Chicago, Illinois, USA, as Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, today’s CB&I is the most complete energy infrastructure focused company in the world and major provider of government services.

Early Years

While initially involved in bridge design and construction, we turned our focus to bulk liquid storage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, coinciding with the western expansion of railroads across the United States and the discovery of oil in the U.S. Southwest. CB&I quickly became known for our excellent design engineering and field construction of elevated water storage tanks, aboveground tanks for storage of petroleum and refined products, refinery process vessels and other steel plate structures.

We supported the expansion of oil exploration outside the U.S., starting operations in South America in 1924, in Asia two years later, and in the Middle East in 1939. Our ability to execute projects anywhere in the world, using our own integrated resources, became (and remains) a CB&I hallmark.

Innovations and Milestones

During the course of our history, we have developed many innovative technologies and achieved a number of industry milestones, including the first floating-roof tank for the oil industry (1923), the first spherical pressure vessel (1923), the first double-wall LNG storage tank (1958), the first site-assembled thick wall steel nuclear reactor vessel (1966), the first marine LNG storage and distribution terminal in the U.S. (1971), the world’s largest steel water reservoir (1986) and the world’s largest vacuum distillation tower (1999), to name just a few.

Today’s Chicago Bridge & Iron

In late 2000, CB&I embarked on a series of acquisitions that have dramatically expanded our capabilities and services. With our most recent acquisition of The Shaw Group in February 2013, we have created one of the world’s largest engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies focused on the global energy industry. Shaw’s position as a leading provider of EPC services to the energy sector with a focus on power generation complements CB&I’s standing as a builder of energy infrastructure projects for the hydrocarbon sector.

The resultant company of approximately 55,000 employees can provide clients with a total solutions package across the entire energy spectrum, from proprietary technology and related catalysts to front end engineering and design (FEED), EPC and construction management services, commissioning and aftermarket support. In addition, CB&I provides environmental services for government and commercial clients worldwide. And we design and construct infrastructure and civil works projects for government and private-sector clients.”

In May 2018 the company merged into McDermott International.

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