Muscat: Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) is preparing bid documents for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work packages on the estimated $3.6 billion petrochemical complex Liwa plastics project (LPP) in Sohar.
It is envisaged that there will be four EPC packages, including 859KTA steam cracker, 880KTA polymer units, natural gas liquids (NGL) extraction unit (all with off-site works and utilities), and a 300-kilometre-long NGL pipeline.
It is Orpic's intention to issue the bid documents to prequalified applicants early in 2015, once the currently ongoing front-end engineering design (FEED) has been finalised. Orpic is planning the installation of the LPP adjacent to its currently implemented Sohar Refinery improvement project (SRIP).
The EPC prequalification process is under way and the contractors who successfully prequalify will be contractors with significant prior experience of constructing similar petrochemical plants. As this is a strategically significant project for the Sultanate of Oman and as part of Orpic's commitment to the ICV initiative, the company encourages local businesses to participate in the project throughout the supply chain.
The local Omani firms who are interested in participating as suppliers or subcontractors under the EPC Contractors for the Liwa plastics project are requested to register with the joint supplier registration system (JSRS) of Oman. The JSRS registration process can be commenced online at https://www.businessgateways.com/.
Orpic had recently organised its third supplier symposium during which more than 900 representatives of local and international companies were briefed on the different processes and regulations of the company.
During the symposium, the joint supplier registration system (JSRS) organisation gave a presentation on their contribution to the national supplier process, and the importance and benefits of registering on the JSRS. Orpic officials also highlighted the available opportunities in the company's different projects including the Liwa plastics project.