US-based GA-EMS has received an order from the Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) to provide equipment for its Sohar refinery in the north of Oman.
GA-EMS will deliver and install an 18 module electrostatic separator, replacing an existing eight-year-old mechanical filtration system at the refinery.
The order is part of Sohar Refinery Improvement Project which aims to modernise the refinery, imporve its productivity and significantly raise its output.
"We are very pleased to be working with the team at Orpic to deliver a solution that will replace the existing filtration system," stated Dr. Vivek Lall, vice president, Global Commercial Strategic Development at GA-EMS.
"Our shared goal is to help Orpic reduce maintenance costs and downtime, and to meet their requirements for oil clarity and increased production capacity to maximize the refinery's revenue potential," he added.
Modern refineries usually rely on Residual Fluidised Catalytic Crackers (RFCC) to convert heavy crude oil into gas products. The conversion process creates slurry oil/decant oil, a by-product containing catalyst fines.
Gulftronic says its separators use an innovative electrostatic process to capture and remove all solids from the process stream, resulting in higher value clarified oil products, less downstream contamination, and significantly reduced maintenance requirements.
"Mechanical filtration systems allow fine particles to escape capture, causing blockages, build up in the filters, and a higher incidence of contamination, all of which results in increased downtime and elevated maintenance costs," explained Dr. Lall.
"Gulftronic electrostatic separators provide clarity below 100 parts per million, and are impervious to fouling, helping refineries improve yields and profit margins," he added.
Kamil Al Shanfari, General Manager, Sohar Refinery, Orpic, said: "Orpic is one of the largest and most rapidly growing business in the Middle East Oil Industry. Our strategic growth projects (Sohar Refinery Improvement Project (SRIP), Muscat Sohar Product Pipeline (MSPP) and Liwa Plastics Industries Complex (LPIC)) is in line with our plan to add value to the oil and gas molecules produced in Oman – focusing on a higher standard of efficiency, lower costs, minimizing safety and security hazards, reducing environmental impacts, and serving the Sultanate with pride."
He added: "With the installation of the Gulftronic Electrostatic Separator, we are confident that we will be able to process more high value products, reduce maintenance costs and thereby expand our business into the future by further maximising the value of Omani crude oil. We are happy to partner with General Atomics who we believe will help us achieve this."