ORPIC advances Omani ethylene plant

Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Co. (ORPIC) has let additional contracts to CB&I for its proposed Liwa Plastics Project (LPP) at the Sohar Industrial Port Area in Oman.

CB&I’s scope of work under these latest contracts includes the technology licensing and engineering design of three units, according to CB&I.

The company will provide its CDMtbe technology for a new 90,000-tonne/year (tpy) high-conversion methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) unit, as well as technology for a 41,000-tpy butene-1 recovery unit.

CB&I said it also will provide its NGL-MAXSM gas processing technology for a 18-million cu m/day NGL extraction plant.

The value of the recent contracts was not disclosed.

ORPIC previously awarded contracts to CB&I for its ethylene technology and front-end engineering and design services at LPP, under which CB&I will deliver FEED services for the grassroots 800,000-tpy ethylene plant, a pygas unit, a MTBE and butene-1 unit, two polymer plants, a gas plant and pipeline, as well as related offsites and utilities (OGJ Online, Mar. 31, 2014).

LPP, which will be adjacent to ORPIC’s existing refinery and petrochemical plants at Sohar, is scheduled for completion in 2018, the state-owned company said.

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

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