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Orpic awards $2.8bn contract

December 2015

Energy infrastructure group Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I) said its joint venture with Taiwanese group CTCI Corporation has won a $2.8-billion contract from Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for its plastics industrial complex project in the sultanate.

The contract will cover the Package One, which includes the steam cracker and associated utilities for the Liwa Plastics Industrial Complex Project in Sohar.

The scope of work includes EPC for a grassroots 880,000-tonne per year (tpy) ethylene plant, pygas unit and MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether) unit, as well as all the related off-sites and utilities.

The work also includes the construction of cryogenic and atmospheric storage tanks and pipe spool fabrication.

The cracker will employ CB&I’s latest ethylene technology, including highly selective SRT cracking heaters, and its innovative recovery section design, featuring low-pressure separation and mixed refrigeration.

CB&I’ President and CEO Philip Asherman said: “CB&I is pleased to have been selected for this significant project following the successful completion of the front end engineering and design of the Liwa Plastics Project for Orpic. This new award builds upon the successful relationship between Orpic and CB&I and is a testament of our customer’s confidence in our experience and capabilities.”

Netherlands-based CB&I is a major player in the global infrastructure industry, while CTCI Corporation is the largest EPC firm in Taiwan.

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