Oman Oil Companyhas signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Engro Chemical Pakistanto develop an ammonia/urea fertiliser plant in Sohar. A detailed feasibility study is being carried out for the project, which entails the relocation of an existing 850,000-tonne-a-year plant to Oman. Engro is Pakistan's biggest fertiliser producer.
The plant joins two other ammonia-based fertiliser schemes planned in Oman. A team of Italy's Snamprogetti and Paris-based Technip-Coflexip, with Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), has started work on the largest of these schemes for Oman India Fertiliser Company. The Sur plant, which is due to start production in 2005, will produce 3,500 tonnes a day (t/d) of ammonia and 4,700 t/d of urea (MEED 26:4:02).
The local Bahwan Trading Companyis close to awarding the main engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for its plant at Sohar, which will produce 3,500 t/d of urea and 2,500 t/d of ammonia. The plant will be operated by Sohar International Urea & Chemical Industries. Supplies of non-associated gas for the plants will come from the Sohar-Fahud pipeline (MEED 19:4:02).