Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company – Orpic – recently celebrated the ground breaking of its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of Liwa Plastics Industries Complex (LPIC) project third package in Al Dahirah governorate, Wilayate of Ibri, Fahud, Oman.
Orpic made the foundation of LPIC US$688 million EPC 3, which is the natural gas liquids (NGL) extraction plant post the foundation of LPIC US$2.8 billion EPC 1 steam cracker unit and US$888 million EPC 2 polypropylene and polyethylene units last year in Sohar.
The ground breaking event was held under the auspices of HE Sultan bin Salim Al Habsi, secretary general of the Supreme Council for Planning, and chairman of Orpic board of directors. The celebration was attended by State Council members, and community members from the Wilayate of Ibri. Orpic CEO and top management as well as representatives from the contracting companies – GS Engineering and Construction, and Mitsui & Co – were also present at the celebration.
Commenting on the occasion of the ground breaking ceremony, HE Al Habsi said, “We are delighted to celebrate the ground breaking of the LPIC EPC 3 to build a state-of-the-art natural gas liquids extraction plant. LPIC is a key project to develop the downstream industry in Oman in order to enhance the petrochemicals industry and keep pace with the growing demand for plastics in the Sultanate and the region.”
Ahmed Saleh Al Jahdhami, CEO, Orpic, said, “LPIC is the largest transformational project undertaken in Oman, which will contribute to the GDP of the Sultanate by two percent and support creating a wide-ranging downstream industry in the Sultanate. Once commissioned in 2020, we are confident that LPIC will change Orpic’s product mix by extracting more value from natural gas and crude oil.”
“This NGL extraction plant will be linked via a pipeline with the project’s main plants in Sohar as part of an integrated complex that houses also Sohar refinery, aromatics plant and polypropylene plant. Orpic operations, then, will be one of the most integrated refinery and petrochemical operations in the world and will enable the company to extract the maximum value from Oman’s oil and gas.”
As one of the biggest transformational projects in the Sultanate, the US$6.4 billion project is the largest of the three strategic growth projects undertaken by Orpic, namely Sohar Refinery Improvement Project (SRIP), Muscat-Sohar Pipeline (MSPP) and Al Jifnain Terminal to fulfil its vision of building an Omani integrated refining and petrochemical business. This project will be the first-of-its-kind in the Sultanate and will enable Oman take the downstream plastics industry to the next level.