Oman’s OQ to inaugurate RO 318m LPG plant in Salalah on 16 Jan 2022

Oman’s OQ to inaugurate OMR318mn LPG plant in Salalah on 16 Jan 2022
Oman’s OQ to inaugurate OMR318mn LPG plant in Salalah on 16 Jan 2022

Salalah (ONA): OQ the global integrated energy group of the Sultanate of Oman has announced that it will formally inaugurate its state-of-the-art Liquefied Petroleum Gas plant worth RO 318 million in Salalah next Sunday, 16 January 2022.

This vital project works on processing natural gas liquids (NGLs) extracted from gas networks into Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

The plant is designed and built to the highest technical and safety standards.It consists of a number of components, notably a facility for the extraction of rich gas elements such as propane, butane and condensates from natural gas, as well as a fractionation plant, storage tanks, shipping facilities, and an interconnection pipeline system.

The launch of the project will further reinforce the Sultanate of Oman’s position as a leading producer and exporter of LPG, among a host of other refined petroleum products and petrochemicals.

OQ LPG has a capacity to process around 8 million standard cubic meters per day of lean gas to produce about 304 kilotons per year of  Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) COMPRISING 155 kilotons per year of propane C3, 111 kilotons of butane C4 and 38 kilotons of condensates C5+.

The project is already in the commercial operation phase, producing and exporting propane, butane and condensate based on specified specs. The first shipment of products from OQ LPG, comprising about 5000 metric tons of propane and a similar volume of butane, was loaded onto MT Searambler, for distribution in international markets. Moreover, 10% of the Propane and Butane products will be used as Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) for domestic use in the Governorate of Dhofar.

During the construction phase, the project made an important contribution to the local economy. In line with its In-Country Value (ICV) development strategy, OQ awarded contracts totaling around RO 100 million to local vendors and service providers. More than 150 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) benefited from OQ’s ICV programme during the implementation of the project, helping in creating business opportunities and providing jobs for national cadres.

OQ LPG will also meet the angry requirements of local industrial and retail consumers. Surplus output will be exported to world markets through OQ Trading, the marketing arm of the Group. Furthermore, the Group is studying the feasibility of using LPG products to develop petrochemical industries to help optimize value creation.

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