Restructure will allow Oman Polypropylene to run plant at full capacity

21 June 2011 15:42  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A restructure will enable Oman Polypropylene (OPP) to run its polypropylene (PP) plant at full capacity by 2015, a source close to the company said on Tuesday.

“OPP has been running its polypropylene plant at reduced rates from the beginning due to propylene shortage. It is hoped that the company restructure would now enable the polypropylene plant to run at full rates,” the source said.

The restructure is part of the government of Omans move – launched on 13 June – to integrate OPP with Aromatics Oman and Oman Refineries and Petrochemicals to form Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic).

The strategic move combines four plants in two different locations in Oman, including the Mina Al Fahal refinery near Muscat and the Sohar refinery, aromatics and PP plants in the Sohar Port Industrial Complex.

The launch is part of a restructure which began more than a year ago to facilitate expansion and collaboration among the four plants.

The two refineries have a combined production capacity of 222,000 bbl/day of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), gasoline, kerosene, diesel, fuel oil, propylene (C3), naphtha and gas oil.

The refineries also provide feedstock for the aromatics and PP plants, which can produce up to 818,000 tonnes/year of paraxylene (PX), 198,000 tonnes/year of benzene and 350,000 tonnes/year of PP.

“Orpic has ambitious plans. We are building an integrated Omani refining and petrochemical business we are proud of,” Musab Al Mahruqi, Orpic CEO, said.

“That means a business which operates safely and reliably, while paying due care to the environment,” he added.

Orpic is owned by the government of Oman and its energy investment business the Oman Oil Company.

For more on polypropylene, visit ICIS Chemical Intelligence

By: Cuckoo James
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