Oman’s ORPC to shut down Sohar refinery in February 2010

28 October 2009 13:32  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS news)--Oman Refineries and Petrochemicals Co (ORPC) plans to shut down its 116,000 bbl/day refinery at Sohar in February 2010 for around eight weeks for a government inspection, industry sources said on Wednesday.

Sources said that the mandatory inspection is standard policy for new installations such as Sohar, which was completed in August 2006 at a cost of some $1.25bn (€850m).

The Sohar refinery has a 75,250 bbl/day residue fluid catalytic cracking (RFCC) unit, which can produce some 327,000 tonnes/year of propylene.

The unit provides propylene feedstock for Oman Polypropylene’s 340,000 tonne/year polypropylene plant, which is also located at Sohar.

The other refinery in Oman, the 106,000 bbl/day Mina Al-Fahal facility, which is also operated by ORPC, was expected to operate normally during the shutdown of the Sohar refinery, according to sources.

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