ORPIC lets contract for planned ethylene plant

Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Co. (ORPIC) has let a contract to LyondellBasell for polypropylene technology to be implemented at the Liwa Plastics Project (LPP) in Oman’s Sohar Industrial Port Area.

LyondellBasell will provide its Spheripol polypropylene process technology for LPP’s 300,000-tonne/year polypropylene plant, the company said.

The value of the contract was not disclosed.

Scheduled for completion in 2018, LPP will include the grassroots 800,000-tpy ethylene plant, a pygas unit, a methyl tertiary butyl ether (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).

ORPIC previously said that LPP, which will be adjacent to the company’s existing refinery and petrochemical plants at Sohar, is valued at $3.6 billion (OGJ Online, July 16, 2014; Mar. 31, 2014).

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