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Oman’s downstream firm Orpic has reached mechanical completion of key units in its Sohar Refinery Improvement Project (SRIP), which will raise throughput capacity from 116,000 b/d to 197,000 b/d while maximizing output of transport fuels and enabling the processing of heavier crudes.
Orpic said earlier this month that contractors have completed construction and pre-commissioning work on the project’s CDU, vacuum distillation unit and kerosene mercaptan oxidation (Merox) units.
Reduced processing volumes while hooking up new units was a likely factor behind Oman’s increased oil exports in January, despite lower oil and condensate production. The Ministry of Oil & Gas said exports averaged 859,682 b/d, up 4.64% (almost 40,000 b/d) on December (see p4 ). (CONTINUED - 514 WORDS)