Environment

At Orpic, we have an absolute commitment towards protecting our employees and the communities around our plants, and minimising the environmental impacts of our operations.

This commitment will continue to be one of Orpic’s foremost priorities as we pursue our goal to be a global leader in the oil refining and petrochemical industry. Our policy is to meet or exceed all applicable national and international environmental regulations that affect our operations, and continue to explore opportunities to reduce the environmental impact of our operations. This policy is supported by our environment management systems, effective monitoring practices, and our on-going dialogue with authorities.

1. Environmental Improvement (EIP)

Orpic started the implementation of Environmental Improvement Projects (EIP) for Suhar Refinery in coordination with Sohar Environment Unit and Ministry of Environment & Climate Affairs. Orpic has identified five-programmes under this project – Waste Water Treatment (WWT) and Odour Nuisance, Reduction of Flare Emissions, Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR), SOx Emissions Reduction, and Industrial Waste Management.

2. Suhar Refinery Improvement Project (SR2)

This project was established to improve the efficiency of the existing refinery in term of production and environment. While this project aims to offer new valuable products for the first time in Oman, all precautions have been taken to minimise the environmental impacts by using the best available technology.

3. Waste Management

Temporary industrial waste storage
A well-engineered storage facility has been constructed for hazardous and non-hazardous wastes for Suhar plants as per applicable standards. The area is lined with impermeable material to prevent any leaks to underground.

Contaminated soil treatment
Given the nature of Orpic activities, spills and leaks can takes place with the possibility of soil contamination. As part of our environment management and incident control, and in compliance with government requirements, Orpic takes immediate measures to treat contaminated soil in case of a spill incident.

4. Air Pollution Control

Stationary sources monitoring
For all the stationary sources in all our plants, we monitor SOx, NOx PM10, HC & CO through continuous emission monitoring system (CEMS).

Ambient Air Monitoring
Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station (AAQMS) Orpic has set up four AAQMS stations – one inside Orpic and three in the communities to measure parameters related to PM, NO2, SO2, O3, HCT, CH4, HCNM, CO, H2S, NH3, BTEX, WS, WD, Temperature, Humidity. [pls provide full forms of highlighted for external audience]

Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR)
Fugitive emissions are emissions of gases or vapours from pressurised equipment due to leaks and other unintended or irregular releases of gases, mostly from industrial activities. Apart from economic costs, fugitive emissions contribute to air pollution and climate change. LDAR campaign is conducted by using:

  • A Flame Ionization Detector (FID): An instrument to detect accessible fugitive leaks.
  • IR Camera: An Instrument to detect inaccessible leaks/ tanks.
  • Electronic Noses (e-nose) for odour monitoring

    Total of 23 e-noses have so far been installed at Orpic Suhar location (19 e-noses) and Orpic MAF (5 e-noses) to:

    • Detect odours and investigate odour complaints.
    • Identify the possible source of the odour by evaluating different parameters like wind direction, speed, operation conditions,
5. Water Pollution Control

Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP)
Any liquid effluent is checked for compliance against pollution parameters as stipulated by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs before it is discharged. Our wastewater treatment facilities are designed to meet marine discharge standards (MD159/2005), Measuring parameters as per MD 159/2005: pH, TSS, Ammonia N, Total N, Total oil, Phenols, BOD, COD, Sulfide, Heavy metals (Al, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Pb, Hg, Ni, P, V & Zn. However, MECA has implemented “zero discharged” policy which aims to achieve sustainable water management in Suhar port and reduce risk on marine pollution. Orpic-Suhar routes effluents to MISC.

Groundwater monitoring
Comprehensive integrated groundwater monitoring network has been developed at Suhar complex as part of Orpic’s on-going commitment to understand and manage the potential environmental impacts of its activities, Orpic has constructed 23 ground water monitoring wells. The plan is to develop a comprehensive groundwater monitoring programme covering all its facilities in the Suhar complex and MAF. The integrated ground water programme is designed to create the physical monitoring network as well as establishment of the parameters to be monitored, including the frequency of the monitoring.

Waste recycling
Orpic has launched a Plasbin campaign to promote the waste recycling culture among Orpic staff. Bins to collect different kinds of wastes have been distributed in all buildings. The waste is segregated in different bins according to various categories – plastic, metal, paper, glass, and other waste – which are then collected for recycling by an approved waste recycling company.