Video: Jasim bin Hassan Al Ajmi, head of corporate sustainability, Duqm Refinery, on the progress made in the project

In-country value (ICV) programme will create many direct and indirect job opportunities for locals and business opportunities for Omani companies

Duqm Refinery project is witnessing a significant growth in the construction activities made by the three EPC contractors. The overall progress of the work has almost reached 13% and this includes engineering, procurement and construction works comprising, excavation works, concrete pouring for foundations of buildings and the construction of piperack. A total of 4,769 workers have been mobilised by all EPC contractors with 3,275 at site to start the initial works of the construction.

EPC1 temporary construction facilities installations continue at site. Civil and foundations works continue at site for civil packages and works continued on pipe rack foundations, tanks, pits and roads. Reinforced concrete superstructure work, foundation works on buildings and excavations for underground piping is also ongoing.

Meanwhile, the progress in EPC 2 includes the build-up of the temporary site facilities, including warehouse construction and completion of offices. Fencing also continues as well as excavations and foundation works for the main substation 490 and administration buildings.

The construction of EPC3 sub-package (C) work has started with general site clearing blasting and fill works to allow the start of foundations for tanks. Furthermore, excavation work has completed. In addition to that, 25 cabins and 10 office modules have been delivered and installed for the temporary construction facilities.

The project has worked a total of 3.7 million man-hours with zero time wasting fatalities, or injuries incidents. Also, over 1,000 safety inductions have been given and 10,000 job specific safety employee training sessions provided.

The refinery is designed to be able to process a range of blended crude oils and configured as a full-conversion hydrocracker/coking facility, which will utilise advanced technology, commercially proven at the scale of the project, supplied by leading technology licensors. Engineering, procurement and construction of the project is being undertaken under three lump sum turn-key contracts. Formal notice to proceed was issued to the EPC contractors in June 2018.

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