SOHAR — Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) announced that its production crossed the one million tonne milestone of top quality polypropylene homopolymer at its Sohar plant which began production in October 2006. Orpic remains the only polypropylene manufacturing facility in the Sultanate and is part of the country's vision to develop downstream petrochemical products.
Orpic’s refinery at Sohar is the main supplier of feedstock for polypropylene production, a key part in building domestic integrated petrochemicals industry. Orpic polypropylene production is exported to markets in the UAE, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other countries in the Middle East. Part of the production is marketed locally.
Orpic sells polypropylene under the brand name “Luban” and it is marketed in 14 different grades, from fine powder to pellets.
“Luban” is the main component in the plastics production process. “Luban” is used to manufacture plastic chairs, tables, mats, carpets, packaging for snack foods, bread and food grains, ropes, caps and closures and strapping material.
Orpic, Oman’s integrated refining and petrochemicals business, recently announced a major milestone in its business performance, as it achieved 12 full consecutive months of providing 100 per cent of Oman’s fuel needs. Orpic was recently named as Middle East Refinery of the Year-2012. — ONA