Orpic opens new waste storage facility in Sohar

New centre is located in Orpic's Sohar complex

Sohar Industrial Port
Sohar Industrial Port

Oman Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) has inaugurated a new environmentally-friendly hazardous/non-hazardous waste storage centre in its Sohar complex in Oman.

Orpic chief executive officer Musab Al Mahruqi, along with Orpic board members Ali bin Abdulla Al Riyami, DG of Marketing, Ministry of Oil and Gas; and Dr. Saleh bin Ali Al Anboori, DG of Petroleum Investments, Ministry of Oil and Gas conducted the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new facility.

"This is further evidence of the effectiveness of our environmental improvement plan,” said Musab Al Mahruqi. “We recently announced the significant improvements that have been made in the areas of gas flaring and sulphur dioxide emissions, and like them, this facility is part of a carefully planned programme.”

Al Mahruqi said that the storage centre enables them to temporarily store used materials and release them from within its own complex. The facility is set up as a warehouse, which segregates different types of waste.

The hazardous/non-hazardous waste centre consists of a number of separated areas for different types of waste produced as a result of the process of turning crude oil into a range of pure products ready for consumer use.

Three separate areas, one of them covered, take up 4,000m2 of space for hazardous materials, and 5,000m2 is devoted to non-hazardous waste.

Much of the waste that is produced by the refining process can be recycled by other industrial processes. The used catalyst that converts heavy oil fractions into light oil, for instance, which amounts to a considerable proportion of the industrial waste generated, can be re-used in the cement industry.

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