Construction work in Liwa Plastics Industry reaches 67pc

Muscat: The Omani Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) confirmed that the construction work in Liwa Plastics Industry Project has exceeded the 67 per cent barrier in all four project packages.

This project is one of the largest transformational projects in the Sultanate, which will contribute to improving and increasing the diversity of the production of Orpic, developing its business model and increasing profits, as well as developing the plastic products industry in the Sultanate and providing opportunities for business and employment in the Sultanate, besides providing new opportunities for business development in the Sultanate.

The project is expected to be completed by 2020.  The project has achieved 31 million working hours without loss of time and a total of 47 million working hours since the project started, while cumulative progress reached 67.8 per cent compared to 69.8 per cent planned until the end of last June.

The total value of the project is US $6.7 billion, with US $1.5 billion being allocated as an added domestic value.  The engineering, procurement and construction activities of this project extend over a period of 4 years until its launch in 2020, which will add greater value to the local value of the Sultanate through the efforts of the local value added management team at Orpic, which works together with key contractors for the four project packages.

Plastic production in the Sultanate is expected to rise after the operation of the Liwa Plastic Industries Complex at a rate of more than 2 million tonnes, which raises the production of Orpic of polypropylene and polyethylene to 1.4 million tonnes.

Through its operations in its integrated complex in Suhar, which includes refineries, aromatics plant, steam cracking unit, polypropylene and polyethylene plants, Orpic will become one of the most effective companies in the merger refineries and petrochemical industries in the world, which will enable the company to achieve the maximum value of the Sultanate’s production of hydrocarbons.

Dr Hilal bin Abdullah al Hinai, Director General of Support Services at Orpic said that the project will provide the labour market with more opportunities for employment, training and supporting small and medium enterprises directly through many local contracts, business opportunities and tenders offered by the project packages as those institutions guarantee 10 per cent of the total contracts and tenders in the field of materials and raw materials.

He added that Orpic’s Local Value Added Strategy aims to support business development and human resources development, in addition to stimulating productivity in the service of the national economy by maintaining the maximum value within the Sultanate as the company achieved $93 million by supporting more than 500 small and medium-sized enterprises in the Sultanate.

Tenders were awarded at a total cost of US $209 million, equivalent to RO80.3 million till now.  More than 350 small and medium-sized companies have benefited from contracts worth more than US $20 million, equivalent to RO8 million. –ONA