Oman Oil Company (OOC)has teamed up with a foreign partner, understood to be a major player in the international ethylene business, to study proposals to build an ethane cracker in Sohar. Work on a feasibility study for the unit has already reached an advanced stage and an announcement on the next phase in the venture is expected in the first quarter of 2003. The intention is to use the ethylene to produce polyethylene at Sohar.
Feedstock for the cracker will be sourced from gas supplied via the Fahud-Sohar pipeline. The plant will also utilise excess off-gas taken from the 75,000-barrel-a-day (b/d) residual fluidised catalytic cracker unit planned for the 125,000-b/d Sohar refinery.
The refinery will support a 340,000-tonne-a-year polypropylene (PP) unit to be built nearby by a team of the US' ABB Lummus Global and South Korea's LG Corporation.