Alstom wins US$19 million Sohar refinery contract

Sohar refinery-AlstomThe Omani Tender Board has awarded a US$19mn contract to France's Alstom for reducing the emissions of Sohar refinery’s breaking units

The project is set to be implemented within eight months, according to Musab bin Abdullah Al Mahrouqi, CEO of Oman Refineries Petrochemical Industries Company (ORPIC).

Mahrouqi said that the company has allocated US$59.8mn for the environmental improvement plan which will be implemented in a number of stages by 11 local and international companies.

The plans, which were initiated by ORPIC in 2011, are aimed at limiting the emissions of offensive smell resulting from Sohar Refinery’s operations.

Mahrouqi added that ORPIC has sought international expertise to improve the performance of the refinery’s units, especially the water treatment plant, the basins of which emit gases that affect the nearby population.

One of the basic requirements and aims included in the Sohar Refinery expansion project, which will be tendered soon, is to improve the performance of the current refinery units by introducing modern technologies that limit the negative emissions.

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