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
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