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Sayyid Asaad inaugurates Oman’s first polymer manufacturing plant

Sayyid Asaad inaugurates Oman’s first polymer manufacturing plant

The plant, situated in the Raysut Industrial Zone in Salalah, is the first-of-its-sort in the Gulf and has been constructed by ZL EOR Chemicals Oman, component of the international group ZL EOR Chemicals. The polymers will be utilized for different applications, chiefly for enhancing oil production.

The manufacturing of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) polymer was a single of the possibilities identified in the In-Country Value (ICV) Oil and Gas market Blueprint Strategy unveiled in 2013. It is a single of a big quantity of market possibilities that Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has been major in current years.

The inauguration ceremony in Muscat was attended by H H Sayyid Adham bin Turki al Said, H H Dr Al Khattab bin Ghalib al Said, ministers and guests from PDO and other oil and gas organizations in Oman.

The 33,000sq m facility is equipped with contemporary handle, automation and polymerisation systems. The present plant capacity is 15,000 tonnes of polymer per year, with plans to expand it in stages to attain a total of 70,000 tonnes per year. It will serve the Omani, GCC and North American markets. Raoul Restucci, managing director, PDO stated, “PDO is determined to help the implementation of the ICV Blueprint Strategy to diversify the economy and make sure much more of the wealth of the oil and gas market is retained in Oman.

“As we continue to invest in EOR technologies to sustain Oman’s oil production, we are delighted with the opportunity to source polymer locally, which once again shows our commitment to investing in Omani businesses and people. We are working all the time to ensure Omani companies play a greater role in the oil and gas sector and beyond so that we develop competitive, capable, professional and efficient local supply chains.”

EOR enables to extend the lifetime of mature oilfields and substantially improve the oil production. Polymer flooding is a single of the crucial EOR strategies broadly deployed worldwide and utilized in Oman exactly where PDO runs numerous showcase projects such as the Marmul Polymer phase 1 and two projects. H H Sayyid Faisal bin Turki al Said stated, “We are happy to open the first-ever polymer manufacturing plant in Oman.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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