Orpic shuts Sohar refinery due to pipe rupture

30 April 2014 07:51 Source:ICIS News

Sohar, OmanDUBAI (ICIS)--Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co (Orpic) has shut down its 117,000 bbl/day refinery in Sohar due to a pipe rupture, the company said in a Facebook post late on Tuesday.

“Please be informed [the] Sohar refinery is undergoing a shutdown after a pipe carrying sea water to cool refinery equipment ruptured,” according to the post on the social media website.

A source close to the company confirmed the shutdown, saying the refinery should be restarted in “the next seven to 10 days”.

The Sohar refinery has a 75,250 bbl/day residue fluid catalytic cracking (RFCC) unit, which produces 327,000 tonnes/year of propylene, providing the feedstock for a 340,000 tonne/year polypropylene (PP) plant at the site.

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

By Muhamad Fadhil