Oman Advances Downstream Projects

Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries (Orpic) has revealed the prequalifiers for four EPC contracts in the $3.6bn Liwa Plastics project at Sohar. It has also made a strategic refined products pipeline and storage award.

Orpic is aiming to start up the Liwa plant in 2018, to produce mainly plastics from 36,000 b/d of light ends from the Sohar refinery – where Orpic is expanding crude distillation capacity from 116,000 b/d to 197,000 b/d – and 24,000 b/d of NGLs from the Fahud oil field.

The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) packages cover: an 800,000 tons/year steam cracker; a polymers project with units to produce linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP), methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), and butane-1; an NGL extraction plant in Fahud field; and a 300km NGL pipeline from Fahud field to the Liwa plant (see table).


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