The Duqm refinery project in Oman is edging close to completion. The construction of the US$ 7bn project is reportedly 92% complete. This comes 4 years and 3 months since the project began.
The project is being developed within the Duqm Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in Oman. The Duqm SEZ was established by the SEZ Authority of Duqm (SEZAD). SEZAD is a government agency responsible for development and administration of the zone.
The objective is to make the Duqm SEZ a regional maritime and transit-trade hub. This is in addition to making it an important complex for export-oriented industries. Furthermore, SEZAD aims to make the zone an attractive tourism destination on the Arabian Sea.
The Duqm refinery project team
The project is a Joint Venture (JV) development between OQ and Kuwait Petroleum International (Q8). OQ is a national petroleum investment company of Oman, while Q8 is the international marketing arm of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation.
Duqm Refinery & Petrochemicals Industries Co, a JV between Oman Oil Company (OOC) and Q8 is the Duqm refinery operator.
The engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) work for the refinery is divided into three separate packages. The first package features the process units. It was won by a joint venture between Tecnidas Reunidas and Daewoo Engineering & construction.
The second package, on the other hand, includes the utilities and offsite facilities. It was awarded to Petrofac and Samsung Engineering. Lastly, the final package includes the product export terminals at the Duqm port in as well as the refinery dedicated crude storage tanks at the Ras Markaz. It was awarded to Saipem and Chicago Bridge & Iron.
The Duqm refinery aims to refine crude to produce naphtha, jet fuel, diesel, and liquefied petroleum gas. Approximately, the Duqm refinery is expected to refine 230,000 barrels per day.