Oman’s Duqm Refineries and Petrochemical Industries Company (DRPIC) has broken ground on the construction of the mega downstream complex in Duqm, on the Arabian Sea coastline of the country.
The project worth an estimated $7bn is scheduled to be completed by 2022.
Government officials and senior executives from the project’s stakeholder companies attended the groundbreaking ceremony on 26 April at the site in Duqm, in Oman’s Al-Wusta governorate.
Operator DRPIC, a 50:50 joint venture between state-owned Oman Oil Company and Kuwait Petroleum International, in February awarded over $3.5bn worth engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts to three consortiums of international contractors for the project.
Duqm refinery is expected to have a crude refining capacity of 230,000 barrels a day. It will produce diesel, naptha, jet fuel and liquefied petroleum gas.
The Duqm refinery project is critical to Oman’s economic growth and diversification plans, as well as expected to become a key source of employment for the Omani workforce.
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