Officials after signing the deal.

Officials after signing the deal.

Nuberg EPC to expand Oman Chlorine plant

January 2020

India-based Nuberg EPC, a leading project management, engineering, manufacturing and construction firm, has been awarded a contract by Oman Chlorine for the expansion of an existing 45-tonnes-per-day (tpd) chlor-alkali plant and greenfield calcium chloride plant project in Sohar, Oman.

The production capacity will be 80 tpd for calcium chloride plant and 30 tpd for chlor-alkali plant and is due for completion in FY 2020-21, says the company.

After the expansion, the total production capacity of the chlor-alkali plant will be 75 tpd and will produce caustic soda, hydrochloric acid and sodium hypochlorite, it said.

The contract was signed at Oman Chlorine head office in Muscat, Oman where Said Al Habsi, CEO, Oman Chlorine and AK Tyagi, chairman and managing director, Nuberg, and dignitaries from both companies were present.

Nuberg EPC has delivered over 20 chlor-alkali and five calcium chloride projects worldwide. The company is recognised as world’s No 2 EPC company for chlor-alkali and No 1 EPC company for calcium chloride. It claims to be the only company in the world which has delivered chlor-alkali plants with all the membrane technologies available in the market.

Nuberg EPC’s scope of services for the project is on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and lumpsum turnkey (LSTK) basis including design, Feed (front-end engineering design), basic and detailed engineering, fabrication, procurement, supply and installation, construction supervision and commissioning of the plant. For chlor-alkali, the plant will have the most advanced bipolar membrane cell technology licensed from UK-based Inovyn.

Oman Chlorine owns and operates a caustic soda plant located at the Sohar Industrial Estate in Oman. The company covers domestic as well as international markets and produces five main products such as hydrochloric acid which is mainly used for stimulation of oil wells; sodium hydroxide focused on oil refineries and power plants; sodium hypochlorite mainly used as a bleach,; caustic soda lye for pulp and paper, water treatment, chemical process industries; and calcium chloride, which is used in oil and gas wells. 

Tyagi says: “We have installed over 20 chlorine and derivatives plants worldwide but this project will be our first involvement in Oman.”

“The project also demonstrates our leadership in the Middle East. The project will have best-in-class technology and emissions according to global standards. We have the necessary local knowledge, capabilities and competencies to deliver world class turnkey solution,” he adds.  

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