In a move to promote the role of Omani nationals in the company and the Sultanate’s downstream industry, Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industry Company (Orpic) has recently appointed Kamil Al Shanfari as general manager of Sohar Refinery.
The appointment marks the first time an Omani national is put in charge of the 116,000 barrels-per-day refinery.
Breaking the news in an exclusive interview with Refining and Petrochemicals Middle East magazine last month, Orpic CEO Musab al Mahrouqi said: “Sohar refinery is the most complex refinery we have in the group [and] we feel proud when these things happen because we’ve been able to provide the right environment for people to grow and do more complex jobs.”
Another senior appointment at Orpic is the one of Hamed Al Ajmi who was named general manager of the company’s Aromatics plant. Ajmi has over 16 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and in the areas of refinery operations, technical services and competency enhancement programmes.
Before assuming responsibilities in his new role, he was leading the residue cracking team at Sohar operations. Ajmi holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering and has been recognised for his contributions in operational improvements by the company.