Montreal-based SNC-Lavalin has signed an exclusive agreement with Project Development & Management International LLC (PDMI) in Oman, to design and deliver a greenfield chlor-akali PVC plant located 150km southeast of Muscat
Under the terms of the agreement, SNC-Lavalin will be responsible for the concept development and commissioning of the project. In addition, the company will also carry out the initial engineering, master planning, process technology evaluation and selection to support project financial investment decision approvals.
The subsequent engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract is expected in Q1 2019, where SNC-Lavalin will execute the complete design and delivery, working alongside Omani contractors to maximise in-country value.
The capital cost is expected to be worth US$1.5bn. After completion, the plant is set to produce around a quarter of a million tonnes per annum of PVC destined for Asia and around 140,000 tonnes per annum of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) for local industries.
Speaking about the contract, Christian Brown, president for oil and gas at SNC-Lavalin, commented that this contract will increase in-country value and help develop Oman?s resources for large EPC projects.
In 2017, SNC-Lavalin was awarded a long-term framework contract from Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) for the commissioning and start-up support management for its upstream assets in Oman. As part of this contract, SNC-Lavalin has set-up a dedicated training academy in Muscat to train and develop multidisciplinary graduate engineers in the specialist field of commissioning.