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OQ LPG plant to be operational next week | Times of Oman

Muscat: OQ – the globally integrated energy group of the Sultanate of Oman – has announced that it will formally inaugurate its state-of-the-art Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plant worth OMR318 million in Salalah on January 16, 2022.

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

The plant is designed and built to the highest technical and safety standards. It consists of several 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 can process around 8 million standard cubic metres per day of lean gas to produce about 304 kilotons per year of 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 5,000 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 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 totalling 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 energy requirements of local industrial and retail consumers. The 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 optimise value creation.

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