Sohar Refinery expansion gains momentum

Orpic announced that three additional units will be included in the proposed Sohar Refinery Expansion Project. The new expansion supported by the Government of Oman is expected to improve product quality and increase output by over 70%. The additional units will be added to the current configuration and include the following process units: Crude Distillation (CDU), Vacuum Distillation (VDU), Hydrocracker (HCU), Sulphur Recovery Units (SRU), Isomerisation (ISOM), PSA unit for Hydrogen, Sour water strippers, Amine Regeneration Unit along with other treating units together with Utilities and Offsites. CBandI Lummus B V has been appointed to provide Front End Engineering Design (FEED) for the expansion project. Several specialist contracts were awarded earlier this year to internationally-renowned process licensors, such as Chevron Lummus Global for the Hydrocracking unit and Black and Veatch for the Sulphur Recovery unit. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract will be floated in 2012, culminating in the commissioning and on-stream operations of the refinery units in 2016.
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