Muscat: Orpic said that the damage caused by the fire at its Sohar Refinery on March 11 will not affect the start-up operation of the refinery after the completion of the planned maintenance shutdown (turnaround) activities as planned.
The fire of last week resulted in the damage of the Wet Gas Scrubber, which is a secondary unit used to improve the air purification processes. The repair of this unit will take some time but will not impact the normal start-up of Orpic's Sohar Refinery and Polypropylene Plant which are currently down for the turnaround to inspect, clean and repair of all installations.
"Orpic is still targeting the completion of all turnaround activities by mid April 2013 as per the original plan," stated Orpic's CEO, Musab Al Mahruqi "and we will continue to supply local and international markets with petroleum products.
During the turnaround, Orpic will continue with the implementation of its Sohar Refinery Environmental Improvement Plan (EIP) as agreed to by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA).
Modifications to the plant will be made to reduce flaring further. The damage to the Wet Gas Scrubber will delay the upgrade of this unit, which is one of the EIP projects.