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Oman flag Sohar refinery improvement project, Oman

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2013

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2017

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Client: Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic)

Project value: US$2.1 billion – a 50/50 JV with Daelim Industrial Co Ltd

Location: 230 km north west of Muscat

Key facts:

  • 53 million man-hours LTI-free
  • 13,000 peak manpower on site
  • 185,000 expected barrels per day

It can be difficult to appreciate the sheer scale of the Sohar refinery project, which Petrofac has delivered for its client, Orpic, in partnership with Daelim Industrial Co.

Located in the Sohar Industrial Area, 230 km north west of Muscat, the scope of work encompassed engineering, procurement, construction, start-up and commissioning services (EPCC). The contract included improvements at the existing facility as well as the addition of new refining units.

Sohar is one of the largest oil and gas projects ever awarded in Oman. The addition of the new refineries lifted Sohar’s existing output by more than 70% to exceed 185,000 barrels per day.

Our logistics team achieved a key milestone to transport, deliver and install nine heavy lift bullet tanks which are used for hydrocarbon storage and each weigh around 654 tons. Every tank is over 65 metres long, 8 metres wide, and 10 metres high. They were transported using a 60 axle self-propelled modular transporter.

The project’s safety performance was exemplary, achieving more than 53 million man-hours without a lost time incident. The creation of In-Country Value (ICV) was a guiding principle throughout, involving the training and development of Omani nationals and the support of local supply chains.