DUBAI (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).