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Air Liquide and Orpic sign long-term agreement

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Air Liquide and Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Co. (Orpic) have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of nitrogen to the Liwa Plastics Industries Complex (LPIC).

LPIC is a new plastics production complex that Orpic is adding to its existing production facilities in Sohar industrial port area. It includes Oman’s first steam cracker.

The state-of-the-art nitrogen production unit, which will have a total capacity of 500 tpd of nitrogen, is expected to start operations in 1Q19. The nitrogen plant, along with the expansion of Air Liquide’s existing pipeline network, will supply nitrogen for the customer’s plastics production complex.

The nitrogen production unit will be designed and built by Air Liquide’s Engineering and Construction teams. It will be owned and operated by Air Liquide Sohar Industrial Gases Company. François Jackow, member of the Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee, supervising Africa, Middle East and India, said: “We are pleased to strengthen our relationship with a strategic petrochemical player such as Orpic. Air Liquide demonstrates its ability to continue capitalising on its existing assets, such as its pipeline network located in the most dynamic industrial basin of Sohar. With this new nitrogen supply contract, Air Liquide will support the development of the petrochemical industry in Oman.”

Christiaan van der Wouden, Chief Operating Officer of Orpic, added: “Orpic is pleased to expand its collaboration with Air Liquide and to secure the highest competitive, reliable and safe supply of nitrogen to the Liwa plastics Industries Complex (LPIC) project, which is critical to the development of a downstream plastics industry in Oman.”

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