SNC-Lavalin has signed an exclusive agreement with Project Development & Management International LLC in Oman, to design and deliver a greenfield chlor-akali PVC plant 150 km southeast of the Omani capital Muscat.
Montreal/Canada — The engineering services provider will support the project long term, from concept development to commissioning, carrying out the initial engineering, master planning, process technology evaluation and selection to support project financial investment decision approvals. The subsequent Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) contract is expected in Q1 2019, where the company will execute the complete design and delivery, working alongside Omani contractors to maximise in-country value. The Canadian company will also support the operations and maintenance of the plant.
The project capital cost is expected to be in the range of $ 1.5 billion, and will produce around a quarter of a million tons per annum of PVC destined for Asia, and around 140,000 tons per annum of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) that will support local industries.
Christian Brown, President, Oil & Gas, SNC-Lavalin, said that Oman was an important market for his company where they had a long history of delivering complex major projects. In 2017, the company was awarded a long term framework contract from Petroleum Development Oman for the commissioning and start-up support services management for its upstream assets in Oman. As part of this contract, SNC-Lavalin has set-up a dedicated training academy in Muscat to train and develop multidisciplinary graduate engineers in the specialist field of commissioning.