In December 2019, Nuberg EPC was awarded contract for the expansion of the existing 45TPD chlor-alkali plant and greenfield calcium chloride plant project in Sohar, Oman, by Oman Chlorine. The production capacity will be 80TPD for calcium chloride plant and 30TPD for chlor-alkali plant and is due for completion in 2020-2021. After the expansion, the total production capacity of chlor-alkali plant will be 75TPD and will produce caustic soda, hydrochloric acid and sodium hypochlorite. The contract was signed at Oman Chlorine head office in Muscat, Oman, where Said Al Habsi, CEO, Oman Chlorine, and AK Tyagi, chairman and managing director, Nuberg, and dignitaries from both companies were present.
Nuberg EPC has delivered over 20 chlor-alkali and five calcium chloride projects worldwide. The company is recognised as world’s number two EPC company for chlor-alkali and number one EPC company for calcium chloride. Nuberg EPC is the only company in the world which has delivered chlor-alkali plants with all the membrane technologies available in the market. To address chlorine issue in chlor-alkali plants, Nuberg EPC offers turnkey solutions for chlorine and derivatives and has delivered plants for stable bleaching powder, ferric chloride, chlorinated paraffin wax apart from calcium chloride. Nuberg EPC also offers EDC, VCM and PVC plants, which can use chlorine for EDC production.
Nuberg EPC's scope of services for the project is on EPC & LSTK basis, including design, FEED, basic and detailed engineering, fabrication, procurement, supply and installation, construction supervision and commissioning of the plant. For chlor-alkali, the plant will have the most advanced bipolar membrane cell technology licensed from UK based Inovyn.
“We have installed over 20 chlorine and derivatives plants worldwide but this project will be our first involvement in Oman. The project also demonstrates our leadership in the Middle East. The project will have best-in-class technology and emissions according to global standards. We have the necessary local knowledge, capabilities and competencies to deliver world-class turnkey solution,” said Tyagi.
The popularity of caustic soda is increasing in Oman region because of the multiple use of caustic soda in various industries like chemical, automotive, water treatment, and food and beverage. The demand of caustic soda is accelerated in Oman’s caustic soda market because of availability and affordability over its substitutes, it is one of the most preferred chemical compounds employed to control acidity and remove heavy metals from water. Oman Chlorine owns and operates a caustic soda plant located at the Sohar Industrial Estate in the Sultanate of Oman. The company covers domestic as well as international markets through their produced chemicals.
Oman Chlorine produces five main products such as hydrochloric acid, which is mainly used for stimulation of oil wells; sodium hydroxide focuses on oil refineries and power plants; sodium hypochlorite is mainly used as a bleach; caustic soda lye’s consuming industries are pulp and paper, water treatment, and chemical process; and calcium chloride is used in oil and gas wells. It helps well fluids to increase density and stabilises shale formations and also seals well casings and displaces drilling mud.
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