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  • 14/11/2017 Orpic’s Mina Al Fahal Refinery to commence start up activities

    Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company - Orpic’s Mina Al Fahal Refinery has commenced its startup operations on 9th November 2017 after a major turnaround, maintenance and project activities.

    The major turnaround started from 3rd October for a period of 45 days and is planned to complete including start-up on the 16th November 2017.

    While Orpic’s key mission is to ensure that its operations run safely and reliably at all time, an increased level of flaring and noise can be expected during start-up activities for a couple of days. While minimizing the impact on the surrounding local community, Orpic relies on the community’s support and understanding during this period of start-up.

    The turnaround operations had a total peak workforce of 2,200 people on site and a total of 1,000,000 man-hours spend.

  • 12/11/2017 Orpic appoints General Manager, Procurement Contracts and Inventory

    Orpic officially announces the appointment of Ahmed Said Al-Azkawi as General Manager Procurement Contracts and Inventory (GM PCI) with immediate effect.

    Ahmed recently held the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Oman Logistics Company SAOC. Prior to that, he was engaged with Public Establishment for Industrial Estate and the Supreme Council for Planning as a Project Director. He had also worked for Petroluem Development of Oman (POD) for almost 17 years and his last role before departing PDO was Senior Value Assurance Consultant.

    On the academic front, Ahmed has bachelor degree in physics from Imperial College London and a master degree in Petroleum Engineering from Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh.

  • 29/10/2017 Orpic celebrates Omani Women’s Day

    Orpic celebrated Omani Women’s Day with a special get together in Suhar in the presence of Dr. Rahma Ibrahim Al Mahruqi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies and Research, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), along with Ahmed bin Saleh Al Jahdhami, Orpic CEO and a number of special invitees from the community in North Al Batinah. The high profile event retained a festive atmosphere where women employees extended the hand of friendship and Omani hospitality to fellow colleagues and invitees. 

    Everyone present showered love and gratitude to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said for supporting Omani women in all spheres of life. They also expressed appreciation for designating a day in honour of Omani women and the enviable position that women enjoy in this country, including representation in key government positions.

    Ahmed Saleh Al Jahdhami, CEO, Orpic said, “At Orpic, we firmly believe that the development of our blessed nation significantly center’s on the role played by women. We consider that education, training and equal opportunities are crucial to women’s empowerment. Women are leading key responsibilities and senior positions within our organisation and their contributions are adding to our success.”

    Shaima Al Aufi, Manager – Corporate Communications & Chairman, Women’s Leadership Committee, stated, “The number of women employees in Orpic has increased from 100 in 2011 to 270 in 2017 with an annual growth average of more than 20 per cent, marking a 9 per cent of the overall workforce in technical as well as non-technical positions. Our ‘Women’s Leadership Committee’ also continues to play an important role in ensuring the continued success of women in the workplace. As an organisation, we are committed to promoting a suitable work-life balance as well as a sense of bonhomie among fellow colleagues.”

    Orpic celebrates Omani Women’s Day in an annual basis to reiterate one of Orpic’s values to serve Oman with pride and that to recognize the essential role women are playing to contribute side by side with their fellow men in driving the country’s growth and development.

  • 16/10/2017 Orpic’s MSPP and Al Jefnain Terminal enters operational stage

    Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company – Orpic marks the beginning of its commercial operations at the Muscat Suhar Product Pipeline (MSPP) project through its main fuel terminal in Al Jefnain. The USD 320 million investment is one of Orpic’s strategic growth projects which will deliver more than 50% of Oman’s fuel via the state-of-the-art storage facility.

    Orpic has reached a new milestone of MSPP and Al Jifnain Terminal’s commissioning as it has completed its first operational truck loading to the local oil marketing companies in Oman.

    The fuels are currently supplied by pipeline to the terminal from Orpic’s Suhar Refinery. Al Jifnain Terminal will serve as new hub for fuel supply to local marketing companies. The terminal will start to commercially supply Aviation Fuel by the year end through a direct pipeline to support the requirement of Muscat International Airport.

    In addition to meeting the domestic future demand for fuels, this project will increase the sufficiency of the fuel storage and reduced pollution resulting from lower truck movements in Muscat by 70%.

    This is the first of its kind to be constructed in Oman – removing the need for Orpic to ship refined products, and bringing a new level of efficiency and lower costs to its business. It is worth to mention that the project will also be equipped with loading facilities designed to cater to the loading of more than 500 trucks per day.

  • 15/10/2017 Orpic’s Mina Al Fahal Refinery continues major Turn Around

    Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company - Orpic’s Mina Al Fahal Refinery continues its major planned turnaround and maintenance activity according to the plan which commenced on 3rd October until 16th November 2017 for 45 days.

    The Turn Around operations which takes place every 4 years has a total workforce of 2,200 engineers and technicians and an anticipated 1,000,000 man-hours at site to carry out maintenance activities. This is required to integrate the MAF refinery’s units with the newly constructed ones at the Suhar Refinery Improvement Project (SRIP) and Muscat – Suhar Product Pipeline (MSPP).

    Product supply of fuels and petrochemicals to the local market has been meticulously scheduled and secured to ensure supply to the market. In cooperation with Oman oil marketing company, Shell and Al Maha Petroluem, Orpic is using a number of logistical supply channels including sea shipping from Suhar Refinery to Mina Al Fahal Refinery and Al Jufnain Depot as well as Suhar Refinery.

  • 08/10/2017 Orpic’s New Board of Directors

    Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) has announced a new reconstitution of its Board of Directors to be chaired by H. E. Dr. Mohammed bin Hamed Al Rumhi, Minister of Oil & Gas (Chairman), H.E. Sultan bin Salim Al Habsi, (Deputy Chairman), H.E. Nasser bin Khamis Al Jashmi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Finance (Member), Hon. Salaam bin Said Al Shaqsi, Member of the State Council (Member) and Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Lamki (Member).

    On this occasion, Orpic would like to express its sincere gratitude to the departing board members for their able leadership over the past years which led the company to accomplish the remarkable growth it enjoys today. While at the same time, Orpic welcomes the new board and look forward to working under their leadership to continue the its journey to achieve greater heights.

  • 05/10/2017 Orpic’s Mina Al Fahal Refinery to undergo major planned Turn Around

    Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company - Orpic’s Mina Al Fahal Refinery currently undergoes a major planned turnaround and maintenance activity from 3rd October until 16th November 2017 for 45 days. Comes to ensure that Orpic’s operations run safely and smoothly at all times, this shutdown will be used to execute a number of maintenance activities in order to improve the operational performance of the refinery.

    This planned turnaround is undertaken every 4 years to carry out Inspection and testing, debottlenecking projects, revamps and catalyst regeneration that are much needed to ensure refinery reliability and improved efficiency of all its downstream units.

    The 45 day maintenaice period will cover modifications to the existing plant to allow a full integration of the new units, being constructed under the Suhar Refinery Improvement Project (SRIP) and Muscat Sohar Product Pipeline (MSPP) project including a distribution depot in Jifnain, that are due for commissioning later in the year. All product supply during the period of the TA has been maliciously scheduled through all Orpic’s delivery points to ensure smooth product delivery to all local marketing companies.

    The turnaround is expected to have a total workforce of 2,200 and anticipated 1,000,000 man-hours at site. During the Turn Around period, an increased level of traffic around the Mina Al Fahal area as well as an increased level of noise and flare is expected. Therefore, Orpic relies on the community’s support and understanding during this period while it ensures its best to reduce the impact on the surrounding local community.

  • 27/09/2017 Orpic celebrates graduation of Batch 6 of Omani trainees and welcomes Batch 7

    Under the auspices of H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Omar Al Marhoon, Ministry of Civil Service, Orpic (Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries) celebrated this week the graduation of 171 Omani trainees and the welcoming of 147 trainees at a gala ceremony held in Radisson Blue Hotel in Sohar. These graduates are part of Orpic’s comprehensive training programme, which Orpic undertakes on a yearly basis.

    The event, felicitated employees from different disciplines such as mechanical, electrical & instrument engineers, HSE fire fighters, process operators and engineers, etc who will form Orpic’s first taskforce cell working in one of the company’s major growth project, the Liwa Plastic Industries project ( LPIC). The ceremony was also presided by senior government officials, dignitaries, CEO of Orpic and the Executive team.

    Orpic Trainee Development Program was established in 2011 and has trained more than 884 trainees to date. It is a purpose wise tailored training program made up of an intense 6 months classroom training in state of the art training facilities and curricula. This is followed by another 6 months of on-the-job training where trainees are given the chance to experience and practice the real working life situations in Orpic’s operations and activities, enabling them to apply acquired knowledge and sharpen their skills.

    Speaking on the occasion H.E. Sultan bin Salim Al Habsi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Orpic stated “The training of young Omani youth is very crucial for it ensures strong, sustainable and balanced growth of Orpic and the national economy.”

    Ahmed bin Saleh Al Jahdhami, Orpic’s CEO, said, “Orpic is gearing up to be a globally competitive Company in the oil refining and petrochemical industries sector, utilizing Omani competencies that we are proud of. It is a vision that cannot be realized without a qualified workforce that is dedicated and passionate. For that we In Orpic, firmly understand the importance of training and it’s broad and profound benefits to both employees and the company.. These young minds will be supported by mentors and function heads who will actively seek to nurture and guide them into a bright future whilst bring the potential of our people alive.”

  • 01/09/2017 Orpic employees Eid visit to In-Patients Kids

    Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) employees visited In-patients kids at Suhar Hospital to share the joy of Eid Al Adha with them.

    Numbers of gifts and toys were presented to those kids who deprived of the chance to celebrate Eid with their families and friends. Orpic organized this initiative for the 4th year in a row in accordance with one of Orpic’s core values in serving Oman with pride and as part of its continuous community engagement program which aims to communicate with community members and enhance the concept of solidarity between the company and the society, in addition to extending cooperation bridges to achieve a safe social environment.

    Dr. Hilal Al HINAI, General Manager Corporate Support Services, said: “our aim is to engage with community in different occasions and Eid Al Adha celebration is one of the most important occasion in which children enjoy receiving gifts and playing with their friends while in-patient kids deprived of that chance. Therefore, Orpic organized this noble initiative to increase the sense of social responsibility among its employees who volunteer their Eid time to share it with in-patients kids and congratulating them - wishing them good health and wellness”.

    At Orpic, we look forward to underpin a solid ground of engagement with our community by participating and taking role in such occasions which also encourage others to adopt social responsibility practices achieve integration and partnership with various sectors of government and private.

  • 09/08/2017 Orpic bags five awards at Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards

    Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company - Orpic was felicitated with five top awards at the 8th Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards 2017 which was held on 1st August 2017 in Sentosa, Singapore. This prestigious event attracts more than 200 companies from Asia-Pacific (APAC) Region and over 400 Senior HR leaders from the industry in addition to top global brands across the industry.

    Orpic was honoured to receive 5 top awards at this glittering ceremony on the categories of “Diversity Impact Award”, “Excellence in Training and development; Best Results Based Training Award”, “Best Leadership Development Programme for Workers Award”, “Excellence in Training and Development Awards” and “Best Education Management Programs Award”.

    Nofal Al Saidi, GM - HRS, Orpic, said, “It is a great honour to receive five awards which is a testament of our commitment and hard work towards our value to aim for a leading performance. Orpic has been putting constant efforts to attract, retain and develop its employees while at the same time embarks on a number of regular training programs and initiatives for both fresh graduates and employees throughout the year”.

    Ali Al Mahruqi, Manager, Learning and Development, commented on this occasion, ”Our main goal is to ensure that we carry out the best learning and development programs to bring the best potential of our people; paving the road to build Omani leaders for tomorrow,”

    Saeed Al Hashmi, Manager HR Strategy and Talent Acquisition (HRSTA) said: “Ever since I was appointed on this role, the focus on our people has been given the top priority with clear commitment to attract the right talents through a number of campaigns, programs and initiatives both locally and internationally”.

    Orpic places a significant importance to the learning and development to its people. In 2016, each employee attended an average of 4 training courses, approximately 64 training hours per employee per year which is higher than the recommended industry average of 32 hours.

    To date, 14 Orpic employees are enrolled into Diploma Degree and Masters Programs both in local and international institution. Orpic has a unique Leadership program called Arriyadah, this program is aimed developed deep leadership competencies for people leaders delivered by top class global leadership training providers. Apart from this, Orpic also has a unique program designed for hi-potential employees called Talents Development Program. This program is aimed to develop leadership and management competencies preparing talents for higher responsibilities and supporting the succession planning process. A total of 36 employees completed this program in 2016 earning them a Level 5 CMI qualification.

    To meet Orpic strategic growth, every year, Orpic recruits about 150-300 fresh technical graduates. The trainees are put through a Trainee Development Program which consist of 6 months classroom and 6 months on the job training. To date, 844 trainees have been successfully inducted into various plants across Orpic.

    Started in 2014, the Orpic International Scholarship Program is a nation building initiative to recognized top talents and provide them with top class education. Designed to prepare Oman’s most talented young people for personal and professional success, the program takes them to some of the prestigious learning institutions around the world. To date, Orpic has 20 scholars in top schools around Europe, Canada and USA.

    Hosted by Employer Branding Institute (EBI), the Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards celebrate outstanding HR professionals who are contributing to “Talent Management, Talent Development and Talent Innovation” and are a part of the Employer Branding Institute across 36 Asian countries.

  • 01/08/2017 Orpic’s LPIC project achieves safety milestone

    As part of its value to put safety and the environment first, Orpic’s Liwa Plastics Industries Complex (LPIC) project has achieve

    This major achievement is attributed to the strict safety culture in Orpic; particularly by following its 12 Safety Rules at all times and across all its plants and locations. Orpic has created a working environment in which all staff can work safely. Therefore, all Orpic employees and contractors have developed a sense of responsibility toward their own safety, their colleagues’ and the assets of the company; ensuring that all safety measures are followed and that everyone goes back home safely every day.

    Orpic is committed to excellence in Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) performance during all operations and activities. As a reputed and professional producer of petroleum and petrochemical products, attention to HSE and compliance to applicable laws is critical to Orpic’s business philosophy. Orpic gives the safety of its people, plants, environment and local communities the highest priority, over and above its production objectives.