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  • 30/07/2018 Orpic and OGC sign Operation & Maintenance Service Agreement

    Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company – Orpic and Oman Gas Company (OGC) signed an agreement for the operation and maintenance of a Natural Gas Liquids Extraction plant (NGLE) and associated pipelines. The signing ceremony was held under the auspices of H.E Dr. Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidi, Minster of Commerce and Industry, and attended by government and private dignitaries, as well as Orpic and OGC executives.

    The agreement was signed by Eng. Ahmed bin Saleh al Jahdhami, Chief Executive officer of Orpic and Mr. Sultan bin Hamed al Burtmani, Acting Executive Managing Director of OGC.

    Under the NGLE services agreement, OGC will provide dedicated services for the operation and maintenance of Orpic`s Natural Gas Liquids Extraction (NGLE) plant located in Fuhud, the upstream of its Liwa Plastics Industries Complex (LPIC) project in Suhar. A roughly 300km 14 inch pipeline connecting the Fuhud NGLE plant with the Suhar complex will also be operated and managed by OGC as part of this arrangement.

    The C2+ extracted from Fuhud`s Natural Gas Extraction plant will be combined with the existing products from Orpic’s refineries and petrochemical plants, which supports in producing further integration and flexibility as well as making the full use of the crude materials.

    The services agreement will be implemented over three transitional phases throughout the project lifecycle. Each phase entails different levels of responsibility for OGC and Orpic alike.

    Speaking at the signing ceremony, Orpic CEO Ahmed bin Saleh Al Jahdhami stated: "This agreement comes as part of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC 3) Liwa Plastics Industries Complex Project (LPIC) which is an investment of USD 6.7 billion currently underway with a 67% overall progress and one of three strategic growth projects implemented by Orpic; driven by its vision to be a globally competitive, downstream business that Oman is proud of. This agreement with OGC marks Orpic’s trust on Omani companies and augments our relentless effort towards increasing the percentage from Orpic annual expenditure in In Country Value (ICV). LPIC will open up the potential to create over 1000 products in the plastics processing industry as well as to enable the extraction of high value products from Natural Gas for the first time in Oman".

    Importantly, Orpic NGL is the second processing facility that will be managed by OGC after SLPG, which both will leverage the Sultanate’s natural gas resources and support OGC transformation to become a leading energy infrastructure.

    “OGC is the platform for the entire energy midstream segment of Oman Oil Company’s (OOC) business portfolio. One of our key responsibilities is to ensure that the infrastructure is ready not only to maintain a reliable and uninterrupted supply of natural gas to consumers wherever they are in the country, but also to maximise the value generation from this resource. We aim to create an integrated technical system operator who will oversee the whole gas network in the country and integrate it with the midstream model for the Gas processing facilities in the long run,” said Mr. Sultan bin Hamad al Burtmani, Acting Executive Managing Director of OGC.

    “We are currently paving our way of transforming OGC into a globally renowned energy infrastructure utility that can be able to power Oman’s future.” Mr. al Burtmani added.

    It is worth highlighting that OGC is also laying down a new 32-inch gas pipeline parallel to the existing 32-inch Fuhud-Suhar pipeline to meet the growing gas demand in Suhar Industrial Port and supply gas to Ibri region.

  • 08/05/2018 Orpic sets a new benchmark - launches a new generation of high quality thermoforming Luban grade

    Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) has launched a new thermoforming grade called Luban HP1151K that will increase both productivity and the overall performance of transparent thermoformed cups, trays and containers. The new PolyPropylene thermoforming grade is based on Milliken`s nucleating innovation Hyperform® HPN-600ei. The new grade (Luban HP1151K) will be launched during 5th Oman Plast Exhibition 2018 at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    Orpic’s Luban HP1151K combines high clarity and aesthetics with a new level of superior dimensional stability for thermoformed products. Luban HP1151K is based on the latest technology available to offer the food packakging and household storage solutions industries a new benchmark in pure, high quality PP.

    Apart from being able to increase the number of articles that can be produced, the high quality finished products provide good stacking performance. It also offers a broad processing window that opens up distinct product quality and consistency advantages plus the all-important productivity benefits for converters.

    Additionally, the grade delivers optimal environmental and handling-related advantages associated with using lightweight PP compared to other materials.

    Gilles Rochas, General Manager – Polymer, Orpic says, “The product has a good resin base and tests conducted so far have been successful. Luban HP1151K reduces haze in the product and increases clarity and gloss. We are confident that upon introduction of Luban HP1151K, this high quality product will offer Oman and the international packaging customers an opportunity to reduce their cycle times and achieve better results through less wastage whilst offering all-round productivity improvements.”

    Hyperform HPN-600ei also offers good organoleptics with no contamination risk making Luban HP1151K suitable for food applications.

    To learn more about this amazing high quality product and see it first-hand, please visit our stand at OmanPlast 2018.

  • 07/05/2018 Orpic is Principal Sponsor of 5th Oman Plast2018

    Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company – Orpic, is pleased to announce its participation and principal sponsorship of the 5th International Plastics, Rubber, Petrochemicals, Printing and Packaging Industry Exhibition – Oman Plast 2018, which is taking place at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Muscat.

    The exhibition was inaugurated by H.E. Eng Salim Bin Nasser Bin Said Al-Aufi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Oil & Gas; and is attracting a large number of local and international plastics convertors, machinery manufactures and end-users, thereby providing an excellent trade and business opportunities forum for both exhibitors and visitors.

    “It is Orpic’s vision to become a globally competitive downstream business that Oman is proud of”, averred Ahmed Saleh Al Jahdhami, CEO of Orpic. “As one of the key steps towards achieving this vision, Orpic has established a Polymer Marketing unit in 2017 and is competitively offering differentiated polypropylene and polyethylene solutions to markets across the globe.”

    Speaking on the sidelines of the exhibition, Gilles Rochas, GM – Polymer Marketing, Orpic, stated: “By taking part in Oman Plast 2018, we aim to support the local and international plastics industry in unlocking new business opportunities and further developing the downstream plastic industry in Oman. We are delighted to participate in this event and explore the latest trends in the plastics industry with our customers”.

    Throughout the exhibition, a number of eminent Omani and international speakers from the polyolefin industry will be holding technical sessions, covering key topics such as Plastic Supply & Demand, Developing the Plastic Downstream Industry and Technical Advancement in Processing Technology, at the Orpic booth.

    Oman Plast is the ideal platform for industry experts and visitors to meet and exchange ideas on latest developments in the sector, while being introduced to the latest technology and machinery for plastics processing.

  • 11/04/2018 Al Batinah International School Expansion Inauguration

    Al Batinah International School (ABIS) in the Wilayate of Suhar, North Al Batinah Governorate inaugurated its new facilities yesterday, under the auspices of H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Marhoon Al Maamari, State Counselor, Their Excellencies representatives of the State Council, and community leaders.

    ABIS aims to be the beacon of quality education in the region by providing the best learning experience to children in the Al Batinah region. ABIS is only 1 of the 3 International Baccalaureate (IB) authorized schools in Oman and the only one to offer the prestigious IB Diploma in North Al Batinah Governorate.

    During the event, Engineer Said Al Masoudi, SA’s Chief Executive Officer, delivered a welcoming speech in which he said: “With 37 different nationalities, ABIS has become a cultural mixing pot that offers a unique learning opportunity for students and instills a strong sense of social and environmental responsibility and above all, an appreciation for the arts and culture. Today we celebrate ABIS expansion which will allow the school to grow to 550 students. The wealth of knowledge found here - in the classrooms, in the books, in the library, in the world-class science labs, in the wide array of extra-curricular activities and in the mere interactions with each other- is what we believe will challenge and inspire students to become well rounded global citizens and successful lifelong learners.”

    Ahmed Saleh Al Jahdhami, Orpic CEO said "Our joint venture partnership with Sohar Aluminum aims to provide the best quality education to children in Al Batinah region. I am proud of this school and the high standards of education it provides featuring the latest teaching and technological methods. Orpic will continue to support such projects which contribute to build the human capital".

    Nofal Al Saidi, General Manager, Human Resource Services, Orpic, and Chairman of ABIS Board said, “ABIS is an International Baccalaureate school and is fully accredited by one of the most rigorous accreditation agencies in the world, the Council of International Schools (CIS). The school provides a rich learning environment which encourages children to achieve their goals and supports them by being active partners in their educational journey which is in-line with one of our values to serve Oman and customers with pride.”

    Neil Tomalin, Head of School, ABIS, added, “ABIS believes in holistic development of our students in line with the IB Leaner Profile. We seek to develop not only academically able but also ethically and morally sound, technologically capable, caring and internationally minded individuals. Our mission at ABIS is to recognize and motivate students to achieve their potential and empower them to be life-long learners.”

    “ABIS was established by Sohar Aluminium and is now conjointly supported by Orpic. The school offers world class programs to both expatriate and Omani students from K1 to Grade 12, with a campus designed using the latest research to create an environment focused around students and their learning. It includes top quality sports facilities, innovative Learning Communities, purpose build play areas and a farm that links our Omani heritage". Neil Added.

    This joint venture project has paved way for supporting quality education in the region allowing for the expansion of ABIS capacity to 550 students with additional land to expand the school capacity to 1200 students when required. In addition to the International Community Section, a Global Section opened to provide high quality international education that ABIS is known for. The Global Section increased the emphasis on English, Arabic and Islamic studies with the aim of helping children grow into Oman`s leaders of tomorrow.

    Aimed at earlier year grades enrollment, Orpic has initiated a scholarship program back in 2015. The Orpic ABIS Assisted Scholarship Program will allow able and motivated students living in the North Al Batinah Governorate to have access to world class education. It provides a full range of scholarships (from 30% to a maximum of 100%) for the duration of their school life at ABIS. Having already enrolled 35 Orpic ABIS Assisted Scholarships in the past three years, Orpic will expand its scholarship to an additional 12-15 per year, with the 2018 intake underway.

  • 11/04/2018 Orpic Supports New Technical Labs for Sohar University

    Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) yesterday commemorated the opening of a new Fluid Catalyst Cracking (FCC) Materials Characterization Laboratory on the campus of Sohar University in Suhar, Oman. The project, which is a collaboration with the University and U.S.-based W. R. Grace & Co., is the latest example of Orpic’s many In-Country Value (ICV) contributions.

    A ribbon cutting event and ceremony was held under the auspices of H.E. Dr. Hilal bin Ali Al Hinai, Secretary General of the Research Council, and in the presence of their Excellencies representatives of the State Council and Al Shura Council; Orpic Chief Executive Officer Ahmed Saleh Al Jahdhami and members of the Orpic management team; Omani government officials, the Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, and the Executive Management of the University along with faculty and students; representatives of W. R. Grace & Co.; and community leaders.

    Ahmed Saleh Al Jahdhami, Orpic CEO commented on the opening of the lab: “At Opric, we feel proud to celebrate the successful completion of this ICV project which I am sure will make remarkable contribution to R&D capabilities of the Sohar University and will present excellent teaching, research facilities to help students and researchers in Oman; apart from contributing to Orpic’s own research and continuous improvement agenda.”

    Tom Petti, Grace’s President, Refining Technologies added, “We are excited by this collaboration, which will serve the interests of all three partners and the community. Grace will improve service and response time to Orpic thanks to the close proximity of the laboratory. The students and faculty of Sohar University gain a significant learning opportunity. And the people of Oman benefit from this investment in the In-Country Value (ICV) program through our ongoing commitment to the region and the industry.”

    Mr. Jamal Al Ojaili, Chancellor of Sohar University said, “Sohar University is working closely with the private sector as key drivers of economic in Oman. We are delighted to work with Orpic and Grace to establish a commercial materials characterization laboratory on campus and this unique initiative will serve as a model of how businesses and universities can work together for mutual benefit to provide new opportunities for companies and provide career development.”

    The modern laboratory will be of significant benefit to Omani students and the initiative delivers state-of-the-art technology and knowledge transfer opportunities for Omani scientists as well.

    Grace’s USD 3.5 million investment in the lab, which began operation in 2017, represents the first opportunity in the three-party collaboration. The facility is equipped with the latest catalysts testing technology, and employs highly skilled Omani scientists. The advanced catalyst testing techniques utilized in the laboratory will result in a high-quality service with rapid response times for many of the technical requirements of Orpic refineries. In addition to its investment, Grace also provides technical support in the training of lab personnel and, as the world’s leading supplier of FCC catalysts, enhances the University’s research and development capability by providing access to world-class expertise in the field of catalysis, as well as bringing skilled jobs to the country.

    In the year 2017, Orpic was awarded “Best Support from Large Company” on the third edition of the Entrepreneurship Awards for its continued support and interest to Omani entrepreneurs.

  • 10/04/2018 Orpic International Scholarship Program welcomes its 5th batch

    Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries - Orpic welcomed the fifth batch of students as part of its International Scholarship Programme. This initiative is part of Orpic’s continued support to develop and nurture the future leaders of Oman and to support the young students in North Al Batinah to reach new heights in their academic and career paths.

    Established in 2013, Orpic International Scholarship Programme entailed selecting students from North Al Batinah Governorate to benefit from the scholarships provided based on preset criteria. Once applications are received, screening of candidates are carried out by Takatuf Scholars Programme and selected students are offered international scholarships for two years in a preparatory school followed by another 4 years for Bachelor Degree in one of the leading universities around the world.

    Nofal Al Saidi, GM, Human Resource Services, Orpic said, “We are proud to welcome the fifth batch to the programme which enhances the vital role of Orpic in building the capacities of young Omanis in collaboration with Takatuf Scholars Programme. Orpic believes in the importance of investing and developing Omani youth to create future leaders for the country.”

    Sheikh Ibrahim Al Harthy, CEO of Takatuf Oman, added "We are proud of this ongoing strategic partnership with Orpic, which has produced this talented Omani youth group from the North Al Batinah governorate who we believe will be an important added asset to the Sultanate. We are proud of what they have achieved and look forward to witness their further success in the future."

    The program works closely with international leaders to follow up on their personal development and achievement through continuous communication with their educational institutions, periodic visits and annual assessment of individual students, as well as providing on job training during their school holidays.

    The 10 Orpic international scholars will have the opportunity to complete their education, gain more useful skills for their academic and practical life and eventually build their career with Orpic upon successful completion of their international programme.