China-backed polymer plant worth $20m opens in Oman's Salalah

Petroleum Development Oman and the local subsidiary of China's ZL EOR Chemicals have opened the 3.3ha facility

PDO and China's ZL EOR co-developed the project.
PDO and China's ZL EOR co-developed the project.

Oil and gas giant Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and ZL EOR Chemicals Oman, a subsidiary of China’s ZL EOR Chemicals, have opened a $20m (OMR7.7m) polymer manufacturing unit in Salalah. 

Spanning 3.3ha, the plant will have an annual production capacity of 13,610 tonnes of polymers, which will later be expanded to 63,503 tonnes per year.

In a statement to Chinese news agency Xinhua, general manager of ZL EOR Chemicals Oman, and owner of the factory, Echo Liu, said that the facility was expected to begin operations in a month.

Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs and Personal Representatives of HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said, Sayyid Asa'ad bin Tariq al-Said, said: “The plant that it is a good investment by Omani-Chinese partnership as China is the strategic partner for the sultanate.”

According to Oman's state-held news agency, Ona, the polymers will be used for various applications, and mainly oil production, with the plant serving the Omani, GCC, and North American markets.

ZL EOR Chemicals Oman already supplies polymers for PDO’s enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects, and polymer flooding is significant to extend the life-span of mature oil fields and boost oil production. 

EOR is projected to constitute more than 20% of PDO’s total production by 2025, Ona reported.

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