MAN Diesel & Turbo recently won a major contract with Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (ORPIC) for a large shutdown engineering project at the ORPIC refinery in Sohar, which is situated nearly 200 kilometers northwest of Muscat. The refinery processes will be shut down for a major overhaul in spring 2016, and around 100 specialists from MAN Diesel & Turbo in Deggendorf are likely to overhaul key components of the RFCC plant.
With a double-digit million Euro order value, the project has a tight schedule and exceeds the value of more than 100.000 working hours. The German company is likely to contribute significantly to Oman ‘In Country Value’ by making use of local logistics, manpower and infrastructure support. According to Max Kilger from MAN Diesel & Turbo in Deggendorf, who is heading up the MDT project, this is “the biggest shutdown project that MDT has ever carried out, going for both order value and the number of hours to be worked in engineering and production, and above all on site in Oman.”
Franz Kufner, Head of Apparatus Construction at MAN Diesel & Turbo in Deggendorf said the contract was a major milestone in the refinery expertise offered by MAN Diesel & Turbo SE in Deggendorf. “For example, the replacement of a huge jellyfish dome will be the world largest RFCC revamp till to date, with a very large diameter and an overall lifting weight of 680 tons. As a reference project, this will be of strategic importance especially in the Arabian oil and gas industry.”
Numerous large components will have to be manufactured in the next 10 months, including enormous air grids, internal domes, and a new regenerator head with a huge diameter and a steel weight of 250 metric tons. All these components are likely to leave the Deggendorf factory in South Germany in October 2015 and make their way to Sohar via the Danube, Black Sea, Bosporus, Mediterranean, Suez Canal, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Gulf of Oman, reaching their destination in January 2016.