ORPIC lets contract for ethylene plant

Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Co. (ORPIC) has let a contract to CB&I to provide ethylene technology and front-end engineering and design (FEED) services for its proposed Liwa Plastics Project (LPP) at the Sohar Industrial Port Area in Oman.

Under the agreement, CB&I will deliver FEED services for a grassroots 800,000-tonne/year ethylene plant, a pygas unit, a methyl tertiary butyl ether and butene-1 unit, two polymer plants, a gas plant and pipeline, as well as related offsites and utilities, CB&I said.

The planned ethylene plant will use technology provided by CB&I, including its SRT cracking heaters and its recovery section design, which features low-pressure separation and mixed refrigeration to minimize investment costs.

The contract is valued at more than $40 million, the company said.

ORPIC said earlier in the month that LPP, which will be adjacent to the company’s existing refinery and petrochemical plants at Sohar, is valued at $3.6 billion.

Scheduled for completion in 2018, LPP revolves around a steam cracker unit and will enable ORPIC to produce polypropylene as well as polyethylene, according to ORPIC.

CB&I previously completed FEED services for ORPIC’s Sohar refinery improvement project (OGJ Online, Nov. 25, 2013; Mar. 4, 2011; Mar. 2, 2011).

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