Duqm Refinery and Petrochemicals Industries Company (DRPIC) has awarded a contract for front-end engineering design (Feed) work on its petrochemicals complex to Wood plc, Duqm Petrochemical Project (DPP), which falls under the scope of Oman Oil Co and Orpic as the second stage of the $7bn (OMR2.69bn) Duqm Refinery integrated complex that is being developed through a partnership between Oman Oil Co and Kuwait Petroleum International in Special Economic Zone in Duqm (Sezad).
Construction work across all three engineering, procurement, and construction packages of Duqm Refinery is nearly 20% complete, according to Construction Week's sister title Refining and Petrochemicals Middle East.
The Feed services contract also includes a natural gas liquids (NGL) extraction facility in central Oman and a 230km pipeline from concession areas to the petrochemicals complex.
Technology selection and awards for multiple licensed units at the petrochemicals complex will complete during the early stage of Feed works.
Oman Oil Co and Orpic will take the lead in developing the NGL extraction unit and pipeline.
The NGL plant will be located in concession areas in central Oman and be connected with Oman Gas Company’s network.
The pipeline will transport NGL stream from the extraction plant to the petrochemical complex.
A mixed-feed steam cracker with a capacity of 1,600 ktpa ethylene processing is also being developed within the project to process liquefied petroleum gas, full range naphtha, and the off gases and NGL extracted from natural gas available in central Oman.
Commenting on the contract, DRPIC's chief executive officer, Dr Salim Al Huthaili, said: “The award of Feed contracts came after a rigorous competitive tendering process.
"This key milestone enables Duqm Refinery to maximise the value of the refinery products and enhance its market competitiveness.”