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Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industry Company (Orpic) increased output from its two refineries by just over 5% to 235,500 b/d, according to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI). Orpic operates two refineries with a current combined crude distillation capacity of 222,000 b/d.
NCSI’s latest monthly statistical bulletin, for January 2016, shows increased output of most light fuels and in particular gasoil, whose output rose 12.5% from 2014. However, 90 RON regular gasoline declined by over 42% while production of 95 RON super gasoline was increased by 7%.
Increasing light fuels output over the last fuel years, mainly at the expense of heavy fuel oil (HFO) output, reflects Orpic’s installation of upgrading capacity to meet tightening fuel specifications. This year Orpic will temporarily shut down 116,000 b/d Sohar refinery, for connection of a new 81,000 b/d CDU and upgrading units.
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