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Orpic sets up Oman's first hydrocracker reactor

The hydrocracker will enable Orpic to meet increasing demand of petroleum products in the Sultanate, as well as reducing refinery emissions and improving refinery margins

Representational image of a hydrocracker unit.
Representational image of a hydrocracker unit.

Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) has installed a new hydrocracker reactor, reaching a height of 42 metres, and weighing approximately 950 metric tonnes.

Extensive preparatory works were underway two months prior to the installation of the hydrocracker, with actual installation transpiring in a single day with the assistance of two cranes, and a heavy lift team comprising 36 personnel.

One of the key elements of Orpic's Sohar Refinery Improvement Project (SRIP), the hydrocracker, which is a two-stafe unit, is one of the most critical units for Orpic's future Sohar Refinery operations.

Operated at a pressure of 160 Bar, and temperature of around 400 degrees celsius, the design of unit includes built-in features that enable a quick response to various emergency situations.

This will enable Orpic to meet increasing demand of petroleum products in the Sultanate, as well as reducing refinery emissions and improving refinery margins. 

Operation of the hydrocracker unit requires a high level of skill; therefore specialist training, by a process licenser and operator, is being provided to Orpic.

 

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