Canadian engineering and construction company SNC-Lavalin has signed an agreement with Project Development & Management International (PDMI) of Oman to design and deliver a $1.5bn greenfield chlor-alkali PVC plant in Oman.
Under the terms of the agreement, SNC-Lavalin will support the project right from concept development to commissioning. It will also carry out the initial engineering, master planning, process technology evaluation and selection.
An EPCM contract is expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2019 under which SNC-Lavalin will execute the design and delivery, working along with Omani contractors. The company will also support the operations and maintenance of the chemical plant.
The plant will manufacture 250,000 tonnes per annum of PVC for Asian market and nearly 140,000 tonnes per annum of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) for local industries.
The Canadian company delivers downstream oil and gas infrastructure globally, with expertise in greenfield and brownfield petrochemical and refining facilities.
SNC-Lavalin Oil and Gas president Christian Brown said: “This contract is a major strategic win for us, helping to grow our business in the region and demonstrate our world-leading credentials in providing end to end solutions for large EPC projects.
“Oman is an important market for SNC-Lavalin where we have a long history of safely delivering complex major projects. We are pleased to be able to apply our international experience to such a significant project in the region while working hard to increase in-country value and help develop Oman’s resources.”
In 2017, the company won a long-term framework contract from Petroleum Development Oman for the commissioning and start-up support services management for its upstream assets in Oman.
As part of the contract, SNC-Lavalin established a training academy in Muscat to train and develop multidisciplinary graduate engineers in the specialist field of commissioning.
SNC-Lavalin provides end-to-end project solutions, including capital investment, consulting, design, engineering, construction, sustaining capital and operations and maintenance for sectors such as oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, infrastructure, clean power, nuclear and engineering design and project management (EDPM).