Orpic ... building a natural gas liquids pipeline

Name of client : Orpic – Oman Refinery Company

Revised budget : $303 million

Facility type : Gas

Sector : Pipeline

Status : Construction

Location : Sohar

Feed : CB&I – Chicago Bridge & Iron Company

PMC : Engineers India

Main contractor : Punj Lloyd



The purpose of Liwa Plastics Project is to increase the production of plastics from the current 200,000 tonnes per year (tpy) to 1.4 million tpy by 2018. The existing Sohar refinery is treating 116,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil with propylene output 40 per cent too short to feed the current polypropylene unit. With the Sohar Refinery Improvement Project Orpic will increase the refinery capacity to 176,000 bpd in order to produce more transportation fuels and to increase the feedstock available for the Liwa Plastics project. The project will use both natural gas products from Sohar refinery to produce high density polyethylene (HDPE), linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and polypropylene (PP). The 14-inch, 300 km pipeline, part of the LPIC project will travel from the New Fahud NGL Plant to the Steam Cracker Unit at Sohar, and the 32-inch, 301 km gas pipeline will be laid parallel to the existing 32-inch Fahud Sohar pipeline for OGC, the pipeline is being laid to supply gas for North Power station.


Project status

October 2016: Punj Lloyd has started implementing the 300 km pipeline to transport NGL from the Fahud station to Sohar Industrial Port at a cost of $112 million.


Project scope

The scope of work for includes the construction of:

• A 14-inch, 300 km natural gas liquid (NGL) pipeline (from the New Fahud NGL Plant to the Steam Cracker Unit at Sohar)

• A 32-inch, 301 km gas pipeline (parallel to the existing 32-inch Fahud – Sohar pipeline for OGC.)

• Block valve

• Pigging stations

• Associated facilities


Project finance

Oman Refineries & Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) is the client.


Project schedule

Feed ITB  Q3-2013

Feed  Q1-2014

EPC ITB  Q3-2014

Engineering & Procurement  Q4-2015

Construction  Q4-2016

Completion  Q2-2019