Salalah Methanol Awards SNC-Lavalin EPC Contract for the Construction of Salalah Ammonia Plant
Salalah Methanol Company (SMC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Oman Oil Company (OOC), has awarded SNC-LAVALIN, a contract for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a 1,000 metric tons per day anhydrous liquid ammonia plant, including its utilities and off-site infrastructure, in Salalah Free Zone, located in the Dhofar GovernorateThis vital project is in line with the economic diversification of the Sultanate, and as part of the Company’s growth strategy with the aim of contributing to value creation. Setting up the ammonia plant is considered an important milestone for high value-added petrochemical industries.
The project works will begin in March 2017, SNC-Lavalin will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the facility, which will produce anhydrous liquid ammonia. The completion of Refinancing by SMC is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2017, and the plant construction will be completed in three years.The ammonia plant would be utilizing the Methanol Plant's hydrogen rich by-product gas as feedstock. The plant was designed by Linde AG of Germany using Haldor Topsoe license of Denmark for ammonia synthesis production. The design complies with local environmental regulations. The project will also harness in-country value with strong focus on the development of local resources and engaging local supply chain. This project paves the way for future opportunities in Oman for the development of downstream industries and thus, maximizing the value addition. Ammonia contributes significantly to the nutritional needs of terrestrial organisms by serving as a precursor to food and fertilizers. Ammonia is also a building block for the synthesis of many pharmaceutical products and is used in many commercial cleaning products.
Salalah Methanol Company owns and operates 3,000 metric tons of methanol per day, located at Salalah Free Zone. It is managed by Takamul Investment, which is one of Oman Oil Company’s verticals responsible for managing domestic existing assets.
OOC is wholly owned by the Government of Oman and investing in the energy and energy-related sectors both locally and internationally. It plays a pivotal role in the country's efforts to diversify the economy and to promote Omani and foreign private sector investment.
SNC-Lavalin, a Canada based company, founded in 1911, is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world, with offices in over 50 countries. SNC-Lavalin performs EPC and EPCM services to clients in a variety of industry sectors, including oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, infrastructure and power.
SMC Achieves 4 Million Safe-man Hours Without LTI
SMC is proud to announce the achievement of an impressive 4 million man-hours of work without any Lost Time Injury (LTI). SMC achieved this remarkable milestone in the period between October 2013 and February 2017, during which there have been no cases of LTI in the plant or offices.
“This important milestone showcases the Company’s commitment to its Incident and Injury Free culture, and the Company’s management has spared no effort in providing systems, tools and a supportive environment to reinforce the importance of safety. Strong leadership, dedication to safe working practices, and exceptional teamwork from all employees and contractors make such accomplishments possible” said Awadh Al Shanfari, Managing Director of Salalah Methanol Company.