March 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm #2360
CB&I Lummus wins contract for Sohar Refinery expansion
By Conrad Prabhu March 2, 2011
Leading international technology firm CB&I Lummus has won a contract to provide design engineering and project management consultancy services linked to the expansion and upgrade of the nation’s biggest refinery at Sohar. CB&I Lummus, which is part of the multinational engineering and construction conglomerate Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (known commonly as CB&I), led a field of seven reputable firms that bid for the prestigious contract valued at RO 19.192 million.
[color=#0000cc size=3]As Front-end Engineering and Project Management Consultant, CB&I Lummus will oversee the expansion and modernisation of Sohar RefinerySohar Refinery into a world-scale facility. The upgrade will not only ramp up the plant’s output of refined petroleum fuels for the domestic and export markets, but also augment its ability to meet feedstock supply commitments to nearby downstream petrochemical schemes.
The expansion project will effectively mark the first major undertaking of Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries (OORPI), a new established entity unveiled only last week to oversee the management of Sohar Refinery Sohar Refinery (represented by Oman Refineries and Petrochemicals CompanyOman Refineries and Petrochemicals Company LLC) and its integrated downstream petrochemical units represented by Oman PolypropyleneOman Polypropylene LLC and Aromatics OmanAromatics Oman LLC. OORPI’s mandate is to support the development of the Sultanate’s petrochemical and refining sector into a competitive, international-class industry.
The refinery upgrade is based on a Value Maximisation Study commissioned by the government to help optimise the plant’s configuration with a view to maximising the output of refined products, feedstock, and other petroleum byproducts. The study, conducted by Engineers India Limited, mooted a major expansion of the refinery’s design capacity from the present 116,400 barrels per day (bpd) to 187,774 bpd, entailing a jump of over 60 per cent.
In conjunction with the upgrade, several new units will be added and integrated into the existing refinery complex. They include a 71,500 bpd Crude Distillation Unit, 96,800 bpd Vacuum Distillation Unit, 66,400 bpd Once-Through Hydrocracker Unit, 42,400 bpd Solvent De-Asphalting Unit, sulphur recovery unit, sour water stripper units, amine regeneration unit, and isomerisation unit, among other systems.
Utility generation and offsite storage facilities will be augmented as well. According to officials, the upgrade will contribute to across-the-board improvements in Sohar refinerySohar refinery‘s performance, output, and quality of feedstock committed to the downstream petrochemical projects Aromatics OmanAromatics Oman and Oman PolypropyleneOman Polypropylene.
In addition to enhancing the feed quality of the Residual Fluid Catalytic Cracker, the upgrade will enable Sohar RefinerySohar Refinery to supply the requisite quantity and quality of feedstock naphtha to Aromatics OmanAromatics Oman. Further, the modernised plant will also be able to meet feedstock commitments in the form of polymer grade propylene to Oman PolypropyleneOman Polypropylene‘s complex located next door. Additionally, bitumen will be added for the first time to Sohar RefinerySohar Refinery ‘s range of commercially valuable products and byproducts. A key environmental goal will also be realised when the expanded and upgraded refinery is eventually brought into operation. Blended refined products from the refinery will comply with Euro VI emission norms, thereby enhancing the refinery’s market appeal for its products globally.
As part of its brief, CB&I Lummus will be required to, among other things, prepare the Basic Engineering Design Package for all the licensed and unlicensed units, as well as utilities, offsite and common facilities that will be added to the existing complex. The consultant will also explore any further potential for synergies between the existing refinery, the new units, and the Aromatics OmanAromatics Oman plant.
Commissioned in 2006 with an initial capital investment of $1.35 billion, the Sohar RefinerySohar Refinery
complex features a Crude Unit with a capacity of 116,400 barrels per day (bpd) and a Residue Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit (RFCCU) of 75,260 bpd capacity. Output includes a wide range of refined petroleum products, including gasoline, kerosene, LPG, and propylene.
CB&I Lummus specialises in undertaking the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction of upstream and downstream process facilities for the oil & gas industry, including petrochemical plants, LNG liquefaction trains, regasification terminals, refinery process units, and synthesis gas plants.
Oman Daily Observer 2011
March 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm #5223
It appears they just gave (article below) the Refinery Expansion PM/ED contract to CBI-Lummus who now also does coker technology licensing (they are doing coking unit for Colombia Reficar/Cartagena Refinery).
<FYI – note the Oman Sohar Refinery (current 116MBD expanding to 187MBD+coker?) is not on the OGJ WW Refinery Survey Jan 2011 Capacities & they did not update the Oman Mina Al Fahar Refinery for 2007 expanded capacity of 106MBD. >
This article follows the Jan 2009 presentation which shows a 42MBD Rose/SDA Asphalt unit (along with several others) and does not mention coker option however, the CBI-Lummus award is indication expansion might contain one or at least as a later option.
Past information around the Sohar Alumumin (Rio Tinto is part owner of Sohar Aluminum) smelter expansion/doubling (360MTPY to 760MTPY) indicated Sohar Refinery petcoke would likely be anode type and include a calciner to meet domestic demand. But this news still indicates a SDA asphalt unit instead of coker so perhaps it might be Phase 3 type thing?
December 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm #4810
Oman Orpic to add coker, bitumen, MTBE units in Sohar refinery expansion
Singapore (Platts)–5Dec2011/200 am EST/700 GMT
Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company, or Orpic, will add a delayed coker, a bitumen blower and an MTBE unit as part of its Sohar refinery expansion project, the company said Sunday.
“The new expansion supported by the Government of Oman is expected to improve the Sohar refinery’s product quality and increase output by more than 70%,” the company said in a statement on its website.
The expansion project, estimated to cost $1.5 billion, is expected to be completed by 2016. The company said an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the expansion is expected to be awarded in 2012. The delayed coker will help increase the production of high-value products such as LPG, naphtha and diesel, by reducing the production of bitumen. Meanwhile, bitumen demand to the local market will be met with the addition of the bitumen blower, while the MTBE unit will enhance gasoline production, the company said.
The capacity of each unit was not revealed.
Orpic CEO Musab Al-Mahruqi said in the statement that the 116,000 b/d Sohar refinery has been operating at up to 110% of design capacity.
The expansion project will see the capacity of the refinery raised to 187,000 b/d through the installation of clean fuels units, as well as raising the capacity of and debottlenecking existing units, Platts reported in March. The expansion is primarily to provide Orpic stakeholder Aromatics Oman Ltd. with naphtha feedstock. At present, the refinery’s naphtha output of close to 13,000 b/d meets about a third of AOL’s demand for straight-run naphtha, Orpic said.
Downstream at the same site, Orpic has an aromatics unit producing 818,000 mt/year paraxylene and 198,000 mt/year benzene; as well as a 350,000 mt/year polypropylene unit.
December 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm #4809
Here is update on Oman ORPIC-Sohar refinery expansion with mention of coker (finally!) /asphalt blower/MTBE units.
Previous Mar 2011 news updates mentioned award of CB&I Lumus contract ( so it is probable they will do Coker Tech) & that the SDA asphalt unit would be 44.2MBD but did not mention coker size.
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