Oman’s downstream firm Orpic has reached mechanical completion of key units in its Sohar Refinery Improvement Project (SRIP), which will raise throughput capacity from 116,000 b/d to 197,000 b/d while maximizing output of transport fuels and enabling the processing of heavier crudes.

Orpic said earlier this month that contractors have completed construction and pre-commissioning work on the project’s CDU, vacuum distillation unit and kerosene mercaptan oxidation (Merox) units.

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