Production begins at Sebacic Oman’s refinery project in Duqm
Sebacic Oman’s refinery for sebacic acid has entered the production stage after successful completion of preliminary tests during last three months.
The Sebacic Oman refinery is the first industrial project in heavy industries zone to operate in the Special Economic Zone in Duqm (SEZD).
“We are delighted that this project has started production. 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,” Dr Ismail bin Ahmed al Balushi, deputy CEO of the Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm said in a statement following his field visit to the Sebacic Oman refinery. He asserted that the beginning of operations at Sebacic Oman refinery would prepare Duqm to enter the era of heavy industries.
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 chemicals, plastics and pharmaceutical industries, as well as a feedstock in the manufacture of disinfectants, paints and perfumes.
Sebacic Oman is a joint venture between investors from Oman and India. The cost of the first phase of project is RO24mn and the company will implement remaining phases of the project in coming years.