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Oman: Plant Engineering Lyondell Basell’s Technologies Selected for New Oman Plants

| Editor: Ahlam Rais

Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company’s new plants include a 280 KTA polypropylene plant and a 480 KTA high-density polyethylene plant which will utilise Lyondell Basell’s Spheripol PP and Hostalen ACP process technology respectively.

Due to the increasing global demand for petrochemical products, the DRPIC project will become a significant player in the region.
Due to the increasing global demand for petrochemical products, the DRPIC project will become a significant player in the region.
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Rotterdam/The Netherlands – Lyondell Basell has recently announced that Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company (DRPIC) have selected Lyondell Basell’s world-leading polypropylene (PP) and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) technologies for a new facility.

The new plants will comprise of a 280 KTA polypropylene plant that will utilise Lyondell Basell’s Spheripol PP process technology and a 480 KTA high-density polyethylene plant which will utilise Lyondell Basell’s Hostalen ACP process technology and will be built in Al Duqm, Oman.

“Lyondell Basell’s market leadership in polymer process technologies is once again confirmed with this significant award by DRPIC,” said Neil Nadalin, Director of Licensing at Lyondell Basell. Nadalin added: “The selection by DRPIC of the Spheripol technology as the benchmark manufacturing platform for polypropylene resins and the Hostalen ACP technology as the leading low-pressure slurry process for the production of HDPE resins shows once again the confidence operators have in products produced with our technologies.”

“The Spheripol and Hostalen technology licenses forms part of 12 technology license packages awarded by DRPIC to international technology providers, advancing the Front End Engineering and Design progress toward achieving shareholders’ Final Investment Decision in 2021. Due to the increasing global demand for petrochemical products, the DRPIC Petrochemical Project will become a significant player in the region, benefiting from its strategic location on the Oman eastern sea board with direct access to international markets. Working with long established technology licensors enables us to develop a world class project empowering the future development of downstream petrochemical industries in the Special Economic Zone of Duqm,” said Dr. Salim Al Huthaili, CEO of DRPIC.

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Spheripol is the leading PP process with more than 30 million tonnes of licensed capacity. The latest fifth generation Spheripol technology includes process improvements that further maximise operational efficiency.

The Hostalen ACP process technology manufactures high performance, multi-modal HDPE resins with an industry-leading stiffness/toughness balance, impact resistance, high stress cracking resistance and process advantages used in pressure pipe, film and blow molding applications.

The DRPIC Spheripol plant will commence operations using the Avant ZN catalyst. The Hostalen plant will commence operations using Avant Z501 and Avant Z509-1 catalysts to produce a full range of multi-modal HDPE products.

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