Orpic Supports New Technical Labs for Sohar University Back to News Page

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.