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First export shipment of OQ LPG plant departs from Port of Salalah

30 Jun 2021

OQ has completed its first export shipment of LPG products on Mt Searambler to the international markets within the Indian sub-continent.

The freight ship, which has been commercially commissioned, will be carrying 5,000MT of propane and 5,000MT of butane from Port of Salalah.

Eng Ihsan al Jandal, vice-president – Salalah operations at OQ Downstream, said, “We are proud to announce this strategic achievement as one of the main growth projects in OQ which will reiterate the position of Oman as an energy exporter. This will enable the sultanate to further optimize its gas value-chain by recovering propane, butane and condensate for international markets. This comes in addition to other operational successes in line with best global practices in the petrochemicals industry.”

OQ’s LPG plant in Salalah is the first of its kind to extract LPG and condensate from OQ’s gas network. The plant currently produces propane and butane as well as condensate, which is a commercially valuable and economically competitive fuel with growing demand in domestic and the international markets.

Speaking on the occasion, Mark Hardiman, CEO of Port of Salalah, said, “We are happy to see the strong collaboration between the Port of Salalah team and the OQ team. I am confident that together we can deliver world-class service and retain our position as one of the top players in the global marketplace.”

The OQ LPG facility in Salalah consists of an extraction plant, a fractionation facility, storage tanks, shipping facilities, and an interconnection pipeline system.

Built with a total investment of US$826mn, OQ LPG plant is the first of its kind gas treatment project in Oman to extract LPG and condensate from OQ’s gas network.

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