Thursday 23 January 2020

Oman's mega refinery project work in full swing

MUSCAT, April 15, 2019

Steady progress is being made on the mega refinery project in Duqm region of Oman with nearly 13 per cent of the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) work already completed.

Unveiling the project progress, Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company (Duqm Refinery) said it involves excavation works, concrete pouring for foundations of buildings and the construction of pipe-rack.

Duqm Refinery is a joint venture between two regional oil giants -Oman Oil Company (OOC) and Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI).

The project is being handled by three EPC contractors. These are a joint venture between Técnicas Reunidas-Daewoo Engineering & Construction Company for EPC Package 1 (Process Units); a Petrofac-Samsung Engineering JV for EPC Package 2 (Utilities and Offsites) and a joint venture between Saipem SpA and CB&I for EPC Package 3 (Offsite Facilities).

A total of 4,769 workers have been mobilised by all EPC contractors with 3,275 at site to start the initial works of the construction, said the developer.

Under the EPC1 package, civil and foundations works will continue at site for civil packages besides setting up pipe rack foundations, tanks, pits and roads. Reinforced Concrete superstructure work, foundation works on buildings and excavations for underground piping is currently under way, it stated.

The EPC2 package involves the buildup of the temporary site facilities including warehouse construction and completion of offices. Fencing also continues, as well as excavations and foundation works for the main substation 490 and administration buildings, said the statement from Duqm Refinery.

The construction of EPC3 sub-package (C) work has started with general site clearing blasting and fill works to allow the start of foundations for tanks, said the developer.

Furthermore, excavation work has completed. In addition to that, 25 cabins and 10 office modules have been delivered and installed for the temporary construction facilities, it stated.

The project has clocked a total of 3.7 million man-hours with zero time wasting fatalities or injuries incidents. Also, over 1,000 safety inductions have been provided along with 10,000 job-specific safety employee training sessions, it added.

 On the project, CEO Dr Salim bin Saif Al Huthaili said: "Once delivered, the refinery project will contribute in boosting the Omani economy and will be a catalyst for growth in the Special Economic Zone of Duqm."

"It will also contribute to the emergence of other industries in the zone and will contribute in creating direct and indirect job opportunities for locals," he added.-TradeArabia News Service


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