Oman Aromatic Company (OAL) has started the commercial production of paraxylene and benzene from its plant, located in Sohar on the north east coast of Oman.
The company started the commercial production of the 198,000 t/y of benzene on November 6, while it started the commercial production of the 819,000 t/y of paraxylene on November 9, after successfully completing the trail production.
The feedstock to the plant is straight run naphtha which is received from Sohar Refinery.
The plant was constructed by GS Engineering & Construction (GSEC) of Korea, under an LSTK contract basis, and it utilise technology licensed by the French firm Axens.
OAL is a joint venture with Oman Oil Company, Oman Refinery and Petrochemicals Company and LG International, Korea (LGI – owns 10% share)Both OOC and ORPC are wholly owned by the government of Sultanate of Oman.