Orpic assures adequate supply of products

31/03/2012 08:08 AST  Oman Daily Observer

Orpic, Oman’s integrated refining and petrochemicals business, has announced that the Mina Al Fahal (MAF) Refinery is currently undergoing routine maintenance and inspection. This shutdown at the Mina Al Fahal site has been scheduled to conduct routine safety checks and for plant servicing to take place, with an aim to ensure continued safe and optimised production.

Occurring every five years on a staggered timetable across all Orpic’s facilities, this is a standard procedure for large oil and gas industry complexes, the company said in a statement. The Orpic Mina Al Fahal refinery was last closed for maintenance in 2007.

“This period extends for four weeks and is scheduled to finish by mid-April. Orpic has made all necessary arrangements to ensure that there will be no disruption in supply of the Mina Al Fahal refinery products to all its customers in Oman as a result of this work. This has been achieved though building up a store of the necessary quantities of products to supply the market over the four-week period,” the state-owned company said.

The Mina Al Fahal Refinery was established in 1982. It is Orpic’s founding facility and the starting point for the oil refining process.

The refinery handles 106,000 bpd of crude oil which is processed into fuel products LPG, Mogas 95, Mogas 90, Jet fuel and gas oil that keep Oman’s people and its industries moving.

In a similar move, Orpic has successfully conducted maintenance and inspection work at its Aromatics plant last month, to ensure continued safe reliable operations as well as safety of its employee and contractors.

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