Oman’s Orpic to shut Sohar complex in Feb 2013 for 45 days

05 November 2012 08:29  [Source: ICIS news]

Sohar, OmanSINGAPORE (ICIS)--Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co (Orpic) plans to shut its Sohar-based refinery and polypropylene (PP) unit in February 2013 for 45 days of scheduled maintenance, a company source said on Monday.

The refinery, which has a nameplate capacity of 116,400 bbl/day, has a 75,250 bbl/day residue fluid catalytic cracking (RFCC) unit that produces 327,000 tonnes/year of propylene, the source said.

The propylene is fed to a PP facility located at the same site, the source added.

The PP plant is capable of producing 340,000 tonnes/year, but it is currently running at 70% capacity, and the operating rates will only be optimised in 2016, he said.

Previously, the PP unit was shut for turnaround from 12-23 October.  

Orpic comprises Oman Refineries and Petrochemicals Company LLC (ORPC), Aromatics Oman LLC (AOL) and Oman Polypropylene (OPP).

Oman Oil owns a 40% stake in Orpic, while LG International, Gulf Investment and International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC) each hold a 20% stake in the PP maker.

By: Ong Sheau Ling
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