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Expansion of Sohar Refinery is expected to boost petrochemical industry

May 19/2011

(Zawya) -- The proposed expansion of Sohar Refinery is expected to boost production of adjoining downstream petrochemical industries. "The additional feedstock requirements of both Aromatics Oman and Oman Polypropylene will be met through this expansion. This will boost our petrochemical production, especially in Sohar industrial area," Mohammed bin Hamed Al Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas, told reporters, after signing an agreement for front-end engineering design (FEED) and project management consultancy (PMC) with CB&I Lummus B V here yesterday.

The pact was signed on behalf of Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries by Al Rumhi and Scott Wiseman, vice-president of CB&I Lummus. These contracts are linked to a massive expansion of Sohar Refinery to take the total refining capacity to 187.000 barrels per day (bpd) from 116.000bpd now. The expansion project, with an estimated capital expenditure of USD 1.5 billion, will be completed in 2015.

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