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17. September 2020

OMAN: Twelve technology license packages awarded to international players

Twelve technology license packages have been awarded to international technology providers for advancing the front end engineering and design (FEED) progress by Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company’s Duqm Petrochemical Project. At the heart of the project, the world scale mixed-feed steam cracker was awarded to Lummus Technology, as well as the natural gas liquids extraction and C4 block unit technologies including Butadiene, CDMtbe, and Butene-1 separation.

The derivative unit technologies were awarded to UOP, (Aromatics), Scientific Design Company INC, (Ethylene Oxide Ethylene Glycol), Univation Technologies LLC, (Linear Low-Density Polyethylene), BasellPolyolefine GmbH, (High-Density Polyethylene), BasellPoliolefine Italia S.r.l, (Polypropylene), Linde Aktiengesellschaft, (Air Separation Unit), Air Liquide Engineering and Construction, (Syngas) and OQ will provide shareholder proprietary technology for both the ethylene and propylene derivative OXO units.

On this occasion, Dr Salim Al Huthaili, CEO of DRPIC stated “We are glad to reach this milestone of the project despite the challenges of COVID-19. The creativity and agility of the project team are remarkable. We are now looking forward to progressing towards the next stage in the project which includes working with the reputable international technology licensors to finalize the FEED and strive to achieve Final Investment Decision (FID) next year.”

The Duqm Refinery and Petrochemicals Industries Co.’s Duqm Petrochemical Project is a grassroots petrochemical complex at Duqm on the Arabian Sea coast of Oman, approximately 600 km south of Muscat. The petrochemical complex will take a combination of feedstock from existing gas fields remote from Duqm in conjunction with feedstock from the new company refinery being built adjacent to the petrochemical site at Duqm. The gas will be processed through an NGL extraction plant located at Saih Nihayda and is then transported to Duqm along a new 250 km pipeline.

At the core of the complex is a Steam Cracker Unit (SCU) producing 1,600,000 t/y of ethylene. Downstream of this are multiple licensed units processing C4s, and SynGas as feedstocks to Aromatics, OXO, EOEG and Plastics units. The various products are packaged within the complex and then either trucked or piped to a Marine Export facility at the new Liquid Loading jetty at DUQM. The new Petrochemical facilities will be integrated into the wider facilities being developed by SEZAD (Special Economic Zone Authority at DUQM).

Source: Daily “The Times of Oman”, Muscat; 1 Sept 2020
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)

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