SABIC, OQ & KPI sign deal to set up petrochemical complex in Oman

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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SABIC, OQ and KPI sign JDA
SABIC, OQ & KPI officials at signing ceremony | Courtesy: SABIC

Saudi Arabia-based SABIC, Oman’s OQ, and Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI) have signed a Project Development Agreement for a jointly owned petrochemical complex in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZAD) in the Sultanate.

The three companies aim to establish a petrochemical complex consisting of a steam cracker and derivative units as well as a natural gas liquid (NGL) extraction facility.

Further, they will conduct the necessary studies and collaborate using their wealth of technical and commercial experience to develop the project with unique attributes that make it globally competitive and profitable for all three partners.

Commenting on this agreement, Mr. Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, SABIC CEO, said that, “This agreement enables us to identify and assess opportunities for ambitious and sustainable growth by bringing together our capabilities, expertise, and technologies and working collectively with our partners. Our involvement in this well-positioned project is consistent with our growth strategy and Saudi Vision 2030 goals to develop a stronger downstream business, addressing challenges in the petrochemicals industry such as carbon neutrality, and providing diversified and sustainable products.”

Talal Al Awfi
Talal Al Awfi
Group CEO

“OQ is proud of this historic agreement with our partners SABIC and KPI. The agreement is a significant milestone reached between the partners and comes at an important time in Oman along with our 52nd national day celebrations and the near completion of the OQ8 refinery project in SEZAD being undertaken by OQ and KPI through the OQ8 joint venture.  This agreement also comes in line with Oman Investment Authority’s (OIA) plans to attract foreign investments to support realize Oman’s vision 2040 in its endeavor to diversify Oman’s economy.”

The company stated that the project intends to deploy state-of-the-art technologies to minimize carbon footprint and incorporate circular economy aspects and commit to high environmental standards.

Further, this mega project would support the region’s development aspirations, maximizing socio-economic impacts as well as value addition to these companies.

According to the statement, “In addition, the project would also benefit from the excellent location of Duqm being close to markets and taking advantage of the infrastructure which has been developed in the area, as OQ continues in its strategy to help develop SEZAD as manufacturing and logistics hub in line with vision 2040.”

“We are pleased to work side by side with OQ and SABIC on this pioneering project in Oman because working with our regional partners supports KPC’s 2040 strategy for growth in the petrochemical industry and enhances integration between the refining and petrochemical sectors. The project also supports the economic growth and development of the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZAD),” noted Mr. Shafi Taleb Al-Ajmi, President and Chief Executive Officer of KPI.

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