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Video: Gilles Rochas of Orpic on polymer business

by Martin Menachery on Sep 30, 2017


Gilles Rochas, general manager, polymer marketing, Orpic.
Gilles Rochas, general manager, polymer marketing, Orpic.

According to a recent GPCA (Gulf Petrochemical & Chemicals Association) report, the region's polymer industry is expected to reach 34.5 million tons production capacity by 2022.

Orpic’s polypropylene plant produces 17 different grades of homopolymer. Polypropylene is a plastic, widely used in different applications such as rigid and flexible packaging, automotive, healthcare and hygiene. It has a wealth of applications and is presently one of the fastest growing polymers among all other standard plastics. Polypropylene is also widely used in different compounds. Thanks to its low costs, versatility and manufacturability, polypropylene has a very high market share in the plastics industry.

Expected to be complete in 2019, Liwa Plastics Industries Complex – a steam cracker project – will process light ends produced in Orpic’s Sohar refinery and its aromatics plant as well as optimise natural gas liquids extracted from the presently available natural gas supplies. The project’s concept lies in rerouting elements of existing production in combination with additional purchased feedstocks to deliver high-value polymer products for the local and global markets. Its main objective is to further enhance the value addition that can be obtained from Omani crude oil and natural gas.

Check out the following video to know more about the status of the polymer industry in the Arabian Gulf and Orpic’s future in the polymer business as explained by Gilles Rochas, general manager, polymer marketing, Orpic, Oman.

 


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