Oman to repair refinery pipelines
Muscat, August 18, 2009
Oman is scheduling major maintenance in early 2010 at its largest refinery to repair pipeline corrosion, industry sources said on Tuesday.
The 116,000 barrel per day Sohar refinery, which started operations in 2007, has been slated for a complete shutdown for up to 40 days in the first quarter of 2010. Refineries typically schedule major turnarounds every five years.
Last week, Oman issued tenders for work at the refinery that included the replacement of pipelines, a heat exchanger and installation of a catalyst.
"Some problems still persist now and remedial work will continue to be undertaken," one source said.
In 2003, Oman awarded JGC Corporation with Chiyoda Corporation the $879 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build the refinery. - Reuters