Oman Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) is expecting the annual production capability of its polypropylene plant in Sohar to increase from 200,000 to 340,000 tonnes.
Orpic announced that the increase to 340,000t will be the result of expansion works currently being carried out in the plant, which is the only one of its kind in the country.
Quoting Faisal al-Hajri, Orpic's regional sales manager for the Middle East, Africa and Europe, Oman News Agency (ONA) said that the plant is part of the Omani government's vision to develop the country’s chemical manufacturing industries.
The state news agency added that Orpic’s refinery in Sohar is the main supplier of raw materials used in the production of polypropylene, and that it is part of the sultanate’s efforts to diversify sources of national income and benefit from gas production.
According to Al-Hajri, products from the plant are marketed under the brand name Luban. Those products, which range from soft materials to granules, are exported to 91 ports in more than 63 countries, including the GCC states, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, China, Vietnam, Peru, South Korea, Myanmar, the Philippines, and South Africa.
Luban is used in the production of plastic chairs, tables, carpets, packing materials, ropes, caps, packing straps, and other electrical and home appliances.
In a statement to ONA, Al-Hajri said that the current production of the plant meets 90% of Oman’s needs.
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