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  • 16/10/2016 Ministry of Oil and Gas introduces new grade of gasoline in the Sultanate

    The Ministry of Oil and Gas (MOG) officially announces the launch of a new grade of gasoline named “MOGAS 91” and replace the existing fuel names ‘Regular’ to MOGAS 91and ‘Super’ to MOGAS 95 respectively. The new decision will be effective from 1st November 2016. This decision comes in conjunction with Oman Oil Refineries and Petrochemical Industries SAOC – Orpic.

    The local oil-marketing companies have also reached an agreement with the government for the introduction of MOGAS 91 across the country. Speaking at the launch, His Excellency Salim Al Aufi, Undersecretary – Ministry of Oil & Gas, stated, “In the Sultanate, we have been using ‘Regular’ gasoline for several decades. In 2010, ORPC (now Orpic) conducted a study which revealed that 70 to 85% of vehicles in Oman are designed to use 91 RON gasoline which at the time was not marketed. Hence, MOG decided to produce this new grade which suits most cars driven in Oman.”

    Musab Al Mahruqi, CEO, Orpic, added, “In our efforts at being a leading performer, Orpic aims to fulfil the Sultanate’s demand for an affordable energy source with better combustion. MOGAS 91 is similar in all characteristics to the existing Regular / Super with the only change being the RON which is 91. The main benefit for the consumer is to use the right fuel.”

    To further help educate consumers on the suitable type of fuel for their vehicles, Orpic has created a tool (http://www.orpic.om/Gasoline). You can follow some simple steps to select the gasoline most suited for your car. When you are on the website, select your preferred language, your car type, its make, year of manufacture and the most suitable gasoline for your car will appear.

    Explaining the working of the website, Musab informed, “Although the website is convenient and educational, we strongly recommend that you check your car manual to obtain the right information.”

  • 10/10/2016 Orpic celebrates Ground Breaking of Liwa Plastics Industries Complex Project

    Under the auspices of H.E. Sultan bin Salim Al Habsi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Planning and Chairman of Orpic Board of Directors, Orpic celebrated the ground breaking of Liwa Plastics Industries Complex (LPIC) Project. The USD 6.5 billion project, LPIC is the largest of the three strategic growth projects undertaken by Orpic to fulfil its vision of building an Omani integrated refining and petrochemical business. This project will be the first-of-its-kind in the Sultanate and will enable Oman support a downstream plastics industry.

    Commenting on the ground breaking, H.E. Sultan bin Salim Al Habsi, Chairman of Orpic Board of Directors said, “We are delighted to celebrate the ground breaking of an important and a vital project which is needed to keep up with the development in the Sultanate. This project will contribute to enhance the petrochemicals industry in the Sultanate and keep pace with the growing demand for plastics in the Sultanate and the region. We hope that this project will contribute to the improvement of environmental aspects and support the creation of a downstream plastics industry in Oman.”

    Musab Al Mahruqi, CEO, Orpic explained that LPIC is the largest project undertaken in Oman and the largest ever in the region to date. Explaining the significance of this project, he said, “To achieve our vision of building an Omani integrated refining and petrochemical business we are proud of, we must support opportunities to grow our people, our business and our capacity to meet the needs of Oman and international markets.”

    “We are confident that once Plant commissioning is completed in 2020, LPIC will change Orpic’s product mix by extracting more value from natural gas and crude oil. Being located in Suhar as part of an integrated complex that houses also Suhar Refinery, Aromatics Plant, Polypropylene and Steam Cracker Unit for LPIC, Orpic operations will be one of the most integrated refinery and petrochemical operations in the world and will enable the company to extract the maximum value from Oman’s oil and gas,” he continued.

    Last year, Orpic awarded four contracts for Engineering, Procurement and Contracting (EPC) packages worth USD 4.5 Billion for Liwa Plastics Industries Complex (LPIC) Project to:

    •  EPC 1 (Steam Cracker and Utilities): CB&I and CTCI Corporation Joint Venture

    •  EPC 2 (Plastics units): Tecnimont S.p.A

    •  EPC 3 (NGL Extraction): GS Engineering and Construction and Mitsui & Co. Ltd Joint Venture

    •  EPC 4 (NGL Pipeline): Punj Lloyd Ltd

    LPIC plays a strategically important role in the integration of Orpic’s refinery and petrochemical operations. LPIC will enable Orpic to utilize the existing products of the refineries and Aromatic plant which are currently being exported as feedstock for LPIC in addition to Natural Gas Liquids leading to producing high value products that will help Orpic double its profits. In addition to creating SME opportunities, this project will deliver numerous social, economic and environmental benefits including job growth, contribute to Oman’s GDP by roughly 2% and support the downstream plastics industry.

    LPIC is one of three strategic growth projects being delivered by Orpic namely Suhar Refinery Improvement Project (SRIP - 2016), Muscat- Suhar Pipeline (MSPP - 2017) and Al Jifnain Terminal. These projects will cement Orpic’s position as a market leader in Oman, the Middle East and the international oil and gas sector.

  • 04/10/2016 Orpic appoints Chief Operating Officer

    Orpic officially announces the appointment of Christiaan van der Wouden as its Chief Operating Officer (COO) with immediate effect.

    With a Master’s degree in Applied Physics of Delft University in The Netherlands - complemented later with an M.B.A. degree - Christiaan, who is a Dutch citizen, set out to build a career in Shell centered around Refining: Process Engineer in The Netherlands, Advanced Process Control & Optimization Engineer in Stanlow Refinery in the U.K. and Assistant Production Unit Manager in Shell Pernis Rotterdam Refinery.

    After having performed as Supply & Operations Manager in Shell’s Dominican Republic Refinery (a JV with the Government) since 1995, Christiaan was appointed its General Manager in 1998, until 2000. He then became General Manager of Shell’s Petit Couronne Refinery in France until mid-2004, which achieved 1st quartile performances in operational availability, non-energy costs, routine and turnaround Solomon indexes.

    Christiaan came to Qatar in 2010 as Contract & Procurement Manager for Shell Qatar. In 2013, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Shell-QP’s Al Kaarana petrochemicals, before transferring fully into QP in 2015.

    Speaking on his appointment, Christiaan said, “Orpic is one of Oman’s largest companies and is one of the most rapidly growing businesses in the Middle East oil industry. It is an ambitious company that aims for excellence in all aspects of its operations and wants to expand its business into the future. I am excited to join such a progressive and forward thinking organization and I am confident together we can work towards making Orpic a leading performer.”

  • 02/10/2016 Orpic appoints Chief Financial Officer

    Orpic officially announces the appointment of its Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Having joined GlassPoint earlier this year, Nazar Al Lawati has returned to his position as CFO of Orpic.

    Nazar Al Lawati who joins Orpic as its Chief Financial Officer, has more than 20 years’ experience in the Gulf region, in oil and gas and consumer sectors. An Omani national, Nazar started his career in 1995 as a Petroleum Engineer with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). In 1998, he joined Unilever as a finance management trainee and progressed to various finance management regional roles in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

    In 2004, Nazar returned to the oil and gas sector – joining Shell Upstream to lead the implementation of SOX 404 in the Middle East. During his time with Shell, he was responsible for governance risk and assurance in the region, and was later appointed as Finance Manager for Shell’s Upstream business in Abu Dhabi and Pakistan.

    Returning to Oman in 2011, he joined Orpic as Manager of Financial Services, before being promoted to the role of Chief Financial Officer the following year. His breadth of technical skills, coupled with his strategic counsel and insights, provide a unique and valuable perspective.

    Talking about his appointment, he says, “Orpic has always been a fantastic place to work in. During my earlier tenure with them, I led the company in securing major debts. This included raising USD3.8 bn project finance for Orpic’s Liwa Plastics Industries Complex Project, USD 2.8 billion for the Suhar Refinery Improvement Project and USD 900 million in corporate debt. Orpic is at the threshold of major growth and I am excited to be part of this journey.”

    Nazar holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, from University of Sussex, UK. He is also a Chartered Management Accountant, with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK.