Sohar refinery to include topping unit

11 January 2002

Japan's JGC Corporationhas been commissioned to draw up the front-end engineering and design (FEED) for a topping unit to be built as part of the Sohar refinery project. The decision by the client to include a topping unit will mean that bidders for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract on the estimated $900 million project will be issued with an addendum to the original bid package. Five international groups are prequalified to bid for the EPC work. Proposals are due to be submitted to the client, Sohar Refinery Company (SRC), on 20 May (MEED 23:11:01).

The client had originally proposed that long-residue feedstock for the refinery would be taken from the Mina al-Fahal refinery and other Gulf refiners. The decision to install a topping unit will mean that SRC, wholly owned by Oman Refinery Company (ORC), will be able to purchase crude to produce its own long-residue streams.

JGC drew up the FEED for the 75,000-barrel-a-day refinery. The project management consultant is US-based ABB Lummus Global.

The refinery will supply feedstock to a 340,000-tonne-a-year polypropylene plant, to be built by ORC in joint venture with an international company. ORC has still to select a partner: ABB and Copenhagen-based Borealisare competing for the post.

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