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Oman First Polymer Manufacturing Plant Inaugurated

Muscat--- The Sultanate's first-ever polymer

manufacturing plant was inaugurated today under the auspices of

Sayyid Asa'ad bin Tariq al-Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International

Relations and Cooperation Affairs, Personal Representative of His

Majesty the Sultan.

Sayyid Asa'ad said in a statement to journalists after launching

the plant that it is a good investment by Omani-Chinese partnership as

China is the strategic partner for the Sultanate.

Sayyid Faisal bin Turki al-Said, Chairman of the Board of Directors

of ZL EOR Chemicals Oman said: We are extremely happy to open

the first-ever polymer manufacturing plant in Sultanate. ZL EOR

Chemicals Oman already contribute to PDO world-class enhanced oil

recovery projects by supplying polymer, and now locally manufactured

chemicals will be used in these projects. We are looking forward to

expand our successful partnership with PDO and other Omani

companies. We would like to acknowledge the continuous support of

PDO, our Omani partners and authorities as well as hard and

dedicated work of our staff and contractors.

Raoul Restucci, PDO Managing Director said: PDO is determined

to support the implementation of the ICV Blueprint Strategy to diversify

the economy and ensure more of the wealth of the oil and gas industry

is retained in Oman.

As we continue to invest in EOR technologies to sustain Omani oil

production, we are delighted with the opportunity to source polymer

locally, which once again shows our commitment to investing in Omani

businesses and people".

He added, We are working all the time to ensure Omani

companies play a greater role in the oil and gas sector and beyond so

that we develop competitive, capable, professional and efficient local

supply chains.

The USD 20 million manufacturing plant, located in the Raysut

Industrial Zone in Salalah, is the first of its kind in the gulf region and

has been built by ZL EOR Chemicals Oman � part of the international

group ZL EOR Chemicals. The polymers produced will be used for

various applications, chiefly for improving oil production. The

production capacity of the plant stands at 15,000 of polymers annually.

The manufacturing of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) polymer

was one of the opportunities identified in the In-Country Value (ICV) Oil

and Gas industry Blueprint Strategy unveiled in 2013. It is one of a

large number of industry opportunities that Petroleum Development

Oman (PDO) has been leading in recent years.

The 33,000m2 facility is equipped with modern control,

automation and polymerization systems. The current plant capacity is

15,000 tons of polymer per year, with plans to expand it in stages to

reach a total of 70,000 tons per year. It will serve Omani, GCC and

North American markets.

EOR allows to extend the lifetime of mature oilfields and

substantially increase the oil production. Polymer flooding is one of

important EOR methods widely deployed worldwide and used in Oman

where PDO runs several showcase projects including the Marmul

Polymer phase 1 and 2 projects.

PDO is regarded as a global centre of excellence in in EOR and

it is anticipated that EOR will constitute more than 20% of its total

production by 2025. ZL EOR Chemicals have been successfully

supplying EOR polymers for PDO project for several years, and

globally for the past 20 years.

The opening ceremony, which was held in Muscat was

attended by their highnesses, ministers, officials at PDO and other

operation and maintenance companies in the Sultanate.

Source: Oman News Agency

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