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MAN Diesel & Turbo wins major contract from Sultanate of Oman

Shutdown engineering as a specialty of MDT Deggendorf.

Replacement of a regenerator head including cyclone system : Shutdown of the ORPIC refinery in Sohar includes application of one of the world’s largest cranes.

MAN Diesel & Turbo has recently landed a major contract with Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (ORPIC) for a large shutdown engineering project at the ORPIC refinery in Sohar, about 200 km northwest of the Omans capital Muscat. A project with a tight schedule: While the refinery processes will be shut down for a major overhaul in spring 2016, around 100 specialist from MAN Diesel & Turbo in Deggendorf will assure overhaul of key components of the RFCC plant.

With a double-digit million Euro order value, the project also exceeds the value of more than 100.000 working hours. “This is the biggest shutdown project that MDT has ever carried out, going for both order value and the number of hours to be worked in engineering and production, and above all on site in Oman," explains Max Kilger from MAN Diesel & Turbo in Deggendorf, who is heading up the MDT project. The German company will also provide a significant contribution to Oman ‘In Country Value’ by making use of local logistics, manpower and infrastructure support.

"The contract with ORPIC is a major milestone in the refinery expertise offered by MAN Diesel & Turbo SE in Deggendorf,” says Franz Kufner, Head of Apparatus Construction at MAN Diesel & Turbo in Deggendorf. “For example the replacement of a huge jellyfish dome will be the world largest RFCC revamp till to date, with a very large diameter and an overall lifting weight of 680 tons. As a reference project, this will be of strategic importance especially in the Arabian oil and gas industry in particular."

Before work starts in Oman, however, production in Deggendorf has to be taken care of first. Numerous large component will have to be manufactured in the next 10 months, including enormous air grids, internal domes, and a new regenerator head with a huge diameter and a steel weight of 250 metric tons. All these components will leave the Deggendorf factory in South Germany in October 2015 and make their way to Sohar via the Danube, Black Sea, Bosporus, Mediterranean, Suez Canal, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Gulf of Oman, reaching their destination on in January 2016 to be ready for installation on the huge construction site.