Oman Refineries, Orpic To Appoint New FEED Contractor For Liwa Plastics project Expansion

Oman Refineries to float tender for Liwa FEED contract

11:59 AM, 2nd August 2013
Oman Business News
Musab Al Mahruqi, CEO, Orpic.

MUSCAT, OMAN: Oman Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) is planning to float a tender to appoint a consultant for front-engine engineering design (FEED) for its proposed $3.6 billion integrated Liwa Plastics project within two months. The project, which is integrated with the existing Sohar refinery for producing polyethylene, polypropylene, and benzene, is scheduled for commissioning by 2018, two years after the completion of the Sohar refinery expansion.

Once commissioned, the Liwa Plastics project, will enhance both fuel and plastics production tremendously. Plastics production will increase to 1.4 million tonne per annum by 2018 from 200,000 tonne per annum now, while fuels production will touch 11.3 million tonne from 7.3 million tonne.

Orpic will be fully responsible for the entire project, which has six components: a gas extraction plant in Fahud, a 300-kilometre-long pipeline between Fahud and Sohar Industrial Port for transporting gas, a steam cracker unit, an HDPE plant, an LLDPE plant, and a polypropylene plant.

“We will appoint the FEED contractor to help us create the designs, which may take 12 to 16 months, before we actually produce a tender for the engineering, procurement, and construction contract of the project. This will also give us more flexibility in terms of integrating with the refinery. Also, it will help in optimising the feedstock we have in the refinery and the natural gas because the steam-cracker feedstock will be both natural gas and refinery products,” said Musab Al Mahruqi, CEO, Orpic.


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