The Tender Board has awarded a contract to Alstom, for reducing the emissions of the breaking units at Sohar refinery.
The project, which costs RO7.3 million, will be implemented within eight months, said Musab bin Abdullah Al Mahrouqi, CEO of Oman Refineries Petrochemical Industries Company (ORPIC).
He pointed out that the company allocated RO23 million worth investment plan for the environmental improvement. The plan will be implemented in a number of stages by 11 local and international companies. He added that the environmental improvement plan, initiated by ORPIC in 2011, aims at limiting the emissions of offensive smell resulting from Sohar Refinery operations; one of the main challenges facing the company now.
The company has sought international expertise in improving the performance of the refinery's units, especially the water treatment plant.
ORPIC is currently trying to cover all the water treatment plant basins that emit the gases that affect the nearby population.
Al Mahrouqi stressed that the efforts made by the company to expedite the implementation of the environmental improvement plan and limit the negative impact of the Refinery and its subsidiary units' operations.
He pointed out that the aims and plans set by the company are constantly followed up by the ministry to ensure improvement of operations at Sohar Refinery by adhering to the internationally recognized environmental standards.
He added that one of the basic requirements and aims included in 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.
Times of Oman