Production of SEBACIC Oman Refinery Begins

Duqm, SEBACIC Oman Refinery for the

production of Sebacic acid has entered the production stage after the

successful completion of the preliminary tests during the last three

months. The refinery is the first industrial project in the heavy

industries zone to operate in the Special Economic Zone in Duqm

(SEZD).

Dr. Ismail bin Ahmed Al-Balushi, Deputy CEO of the Special

Economic Zone Authority in Duqm (SEZAD), asserted that the

operation of SEBACIC Refinery would prepare Duqm to enter the era of

heavy industries. He pointed out that SEZAD encourages Omani and

foreign investors to invest in the heavy industries sector as one of the

important economic mainstays.

“We are delighted that this project has started production and we

look forward to seeing more projects in the heavy industry zone in the

coming years, which will witness the launch of construction works of

the Duqm Refinery as well. SEZD is well poised to support the success

of investment in this sector,” Al-Balushi said in a press statement

following his field visit to the refinery.

The refinery is the first of its kind in the Middle East for the

production of Sebacic acid extracted from castor oil and used in many

chemical, plastics and pharmaceutical industries, as well as a

feedstock in the manufacture of disinfectants, paints and perfumes.

This product of high economic value encourages the establishment of

other industries.

SEBACIC Oman Refinery is a joint venture between investors from

the Sultanate and India. The cost of the first phase of the project is RO

24 million and SEBACIC Oman will implement the remaining phases of

the project in the coming years.

For his part, Sheikh Khalid bin Hilal Al-Ma’wali, the Project Partner,

expressed his happiness for the commencement of actual production

of SEBACIC Oman Refinery and indicated that that it represents an

outstanding addition to the renewable chemical industries in SEZD.

“This will pave the way in the future for advanced technological

industries that enter into many industrial fields,” said Al-Ma’wali.

“We are proud to have been able to complete the project and reach

the production stage in record time,” he said. “The company’s service

system in Duqm makes it easy to move to the second phase of the

project. The production of the company will be 12 thousand tons per

annum but will double after the completion of the second phase.”

“The target markets for the company’s products include the United

States, European countries, Japan and Korea as one of the most

countries that use these products that enter into many industries.

Although Sebacic acid is the most prominent product of the company,

the refinery has other products, such as glycerin used in food and

medical industries, octanol and DOP used in the plastics industry,”

added Al-Ma’wali.

Source: Oman News Agency