Orpic’s Sohar refinery project ahead of schedule

MUSCAT: Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) organised on Wednesday a site visit to local community members to learn about the latest updates of the company’s multibillion dollar Sohar Refinery Improvement Project (SRIP) project. The event was attended by Governor of North Al Batinah, Walis, local dignitaries, and Orpic’s CEO and senior management.

The project comes in response to the growing need to upgrade the refining capability to further maximise the value of Omani crude oil.

At the same time it will significantly bring environmental improvements to the company’s activities. The completion schedule for SRIP is 36 months. In his welcoming speech Musab al Mahruqi, Orpic’s CEO, said, “The physical progress as of January 2015 achieved on the Project EPC activities is 41.4 per cent against scheduled 38.3 per cent.”

The Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract of SRIP has been awarded in November 2013 to a joint venture consisting of Daelim Industrial and Petrofac International on lump sum turkey basis. Sohar Refinery Improvement Project has recently gathered further momentum after award of all construction subcontracts and the start of mobilisation of those subcontractors to the Project site. SRIP will have five new Units, namely: Vacuum Distillation Unit, Hydro-Cracker Unit, Delayed Coker Unit, Isomerization Unit, and Bitumen Blowing Unit.

After completion of SRIP, the constraints in the existing Sohar Refinery will be tackled and additional quantity of much needed high value middle distillates will be produced to meet the naphtha demand of desired quality for the aromatics plant in a cost effective manner, improve RFCC feed quality with respect to CCR and metals, meet polymer grade propylene demand of the polypropylene plant, produce Bitumen to meet country requirement, and produce additional gasoline and diesel.

HSSE (Health, Safety, Security and Environment) has been of paramount importance in SRIP execution and is being closely monitored by top management of EPC Contractor and Orpic’s team. More than 4 million man-hours have been achieved without loss time injurers.

Most of the detailed engineering activities are nearing completion, and the company’s team which was deputed at Seoul, Korea has been mostly demobilised to site. All orders for critical and major items have been placed and manufacturing is progressing well. Procurement activities are progressing as per schedule and bulk material has started arriving at site.

All of the project’s major construction subcontracts have been awarded and construction activities have picked up during the last three months. The current total manpower at site is around 5,000 out of which 17 per cent are Omanis in different disciplines.

SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER

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