Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries has awarded contract for Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and Project Management Consultancy (PMC) services for expanding the Sohar Refinery complex to CB&I Lummus B.V, as per Oman News Agency. The expansion project, to be completed in 2015, is expected to improve the refinery's product quality and increase output by almost 60 per cent. It will also provide the latest technological advances to improve emission control and will create ample employment opportunities for the local community.
As per Dr. al Rumhy, this large scale industrial investment by the Government of Oman will provide added value to the refinery and petrochemical assets in the Sohar Port area. The major objective of the expansion project is to increase the production of petroleum products, such as, LPG, naphtha, Jet A-1 fuel, gasoline, diesel and propylene. The additional petroleum products will meet the growth of local demand, in addition to, further enhancing Oman's exports of petroleum and petrochemical products. Additionally, this project will produce bitumen to meet the demand of the local market and eliminate the need for bitumen imports.
CB&I Lummus B.V will work with selected licensors, along with the Sohar Refinery Expansion Team, to provide the basic design and engineering package in order to finalize the FEED package.
Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries was formed to optimize the four refining and petrochemical plants comprising Mina Al Fahal Refinery, Sohar Refinery, Aromatics and Polypropylene plants in Sohar. The Refinery at Mina Al Fahal has been operating since 1982 and has refining capacity of 106,000 bpd. Sohar Refinery began operations in 2006 and has a capacity of 116,000 bpd. It is designed to maximize propylene yield, as well as, produce straight run naphtha (SRN), LPG, gas oil, gasoline (benzene), fuel oil and jet fuel. It is also designed to supply feedstock to Oman Polypropylene and Aromatics Oman plants.