Oman Completes Key Units In Sohar Refinery Upgrade

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)