ORPIC Liwa Platics Project to reach FEED stage
The Oman Refinery and Petroleum Industries Company (ORPIC) confirmed to have called for tender the front end engineering and design (FEED) work for its $3.6 billion petrochemical complex to produce plastics in Al-Liwa, close to Sohar in the north of Oman.
To be integrated to the Sohar Refinery after its on-going expansion, the Liwa Plastics Project will stand as the real kick off for the production of these petrochemical added value products in Oman.
This project is part of the Sultanate program to reduce its reliance on the export of crude oil and natural gas in developing its downstream industry to retain more added value in the country considering that each $ billion invested downstream is creating four times more jobs than the same $ billion spent upstream.
With the Sohar Refinery Improvement Project ORPIC will increase the refinery capacity to 176,000 b/d in order to produce more transportation fuels and to increase the feedstock available for the Liwa Plastics project.
Liwa Plastics Project to adopt mixed steam cracker
While increasing the naphtha deliveries from the Sohar Refinery with the on-going Sohar Refinery Improvement Project, ORPIC decided to adopt the mixed steam cracker technology in order to also accept ethane, natural gas liquids (NGL), mixed liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and other condensate as feedstock.
In this perspective the Liwa Plastics Project includes three parts:
Located at Al Liwa where lies the Port of Sohar, the Sohar Petrochemical Complex will include:
– Mixed Steam Cracker with 800,000 t/y capacity
– High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) unit with 300,000 t/y capacity
– Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) unit with 500,000 t/y capacity
– Polypropylene (PP) unit with 215,000 t/y capacity
– Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) unit with 40,000 t/y capacity
– Butane-1 unit with 45,000 t/y capacity
ORPIC qualified only four bidders for the steam cracker
– CB&I Lummus from USA
– KBR from USA
– Linde from Germany
– Technip from France
On this base ORPIC is planning the FEED work to take 16 months until awarding the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for the Liwa Plastics Project expected to run into commercial operations by 2018.