India's L&T wins EPC, Feed contract for $450m coke plant in Oman

Bombay-listed heavyweight's regional track record ensured contract award, co-developer SIP's chairman tells CW

L&T has won an EPC contract in Oman. [representational image]
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L&T has won an EPC contract in Oman. [representational image]

Indian contracting giant Larsen & Turbo (L&T) has been awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract to build a $450m (OMR173.3m) coke calciner project in Sohar, Oman, which will be funded by Saleem Industrial Projects (SIP) and BSW Group Holdings.

SIP's chairman, Tawfiq Ali Salmeen al Lawati, told Construction Week that L&T had been awarded the contract based on its "long presence and experience in the region". 

L&T Oman, a part of the wider L&T Group, was among the winners of the eighth annual Construction Week Oman Awards 2019, announced during a gala ceremony at Kempinski Hotel Muscat on 25 March, 2019. 

Tawfiq Coke Products Oman, an SIP company, will reportedly produce 450,000 tonnes (t) of calcined petroleum coke through the plant each year, reducing the volume of feedstock fuel currently imported for aluminium smelters.

According to a Muscat Daily report shared with Construction Week by Al Lawati, the plant will produce petroleum coke, an important carbon component in the production of aluminium.

L&T Heavy Engineering, the Omani subsidiary of L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering Ltd, will work on the project. The heavy engineering firm will deliver front-end engineering design (Feed) services in addition to its EPC work.

It will work on process facilities for the scheme, including a material handling hub, a rotary kiln and cooler, a combustion chamber, gas separation units, and associated offsite and utilities packages.

In a missive issued to Bombay Stock Exchange, L&T said its scope includes the selection of a technology licensor for the plant, which features two plants, each with a capacity of 225,000 tonnes per annum.

Abu Dhabi's Probus Engineering and Construction has reportedly been awarded the plant's project management contract, with commercial operations due to commence in 2022. 

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