- Proposed plant to produce 1,000 tonnes a day
- Will use feedstock from nearby methanol plant
- South Korean, Japanese and European groups prequalified
Oman is expected to float a tender for a proposed ammonia plant in Salalah during the second quarter of 2015, after prequalifying several companies to bid.
Takamul Investment Company, a state-owned industrial investment vehicle, plans to build a plant to produce 1,000 tonnes a day (t/d) of ammonia, a chemical mainly used to make nitrogen-based fertilisers and cleaning chemicals, and for fermentation.
Companies prequalified to bid for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) tender are thought to include:
- Daelim (South Korea)
- GS Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
- JGC Corporation (Japan)
- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan)
- Saipem (Italy)
- Samsung Engineering (South Korea)
- SNC Lavalin (Canada)
- Tecnicas Reunidas (Spain)
Germanys Linde has completed the projects front-end engineering and design (feed) study.
The scheme is expected to cost several hundred million dollars, according to a previous announcement by Takamul.
Companies have also been prequalifying for the EPC tenders on the proposed $3.6bn Liwa Plastics petrochemicals complex in Sohar. The operator, Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic), is expected to float the tenders for four packages in the second quarter of 2015.