(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat -
Sayyid Asaad bin Tariq al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs and Personal Representative of His Majesty the Sultan, on Monday inaugurated the sultanate's first polymer manufacturing plant.
The plant, located in the Raysut Industrial Zone in Salalah, is the first-of-its-kind in the Gulf and has been built by ZL EOR Chemicals Oman, part of the international group ZL EOR Chemicals. The polymers will be used for various applications, chiefly for improving oil production.
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 inauguration ceremony in Muscat was attended by H H Sayyid Adham bin Turki al Said, H H Dr Al Khattab bin Ghalib al Said, ministers and guests from PDO and other oil and gas companies in Oman.
The 33,000sq m facility is equipped with modern control, automation and polymerisation systems. The current plant capacity is 15,000 tonnes of polymer per year, with plans to expand it in stages to reach a total of 70,000 tonnes per year. It will serve the Omani, GCC and North American markets. Raoul Restucci, managing director, PDO 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 Oman's 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. 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.'
EOR allows to extend the lifetime of mature oilfields and substantially increase the oil production. Polymer flooding is one of the 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. H H Sayyid Faisal bin Turki al Said said, 'We are happy to open the first-ever polymer manufacturing plant in Oman.'