Canadian engineering contractor SNC-Lavalin has won a contract to build a greenfield polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics plant outside of the Omani capital Muscat.
SNC-Lavalin will support the project long term, from concept development to commissioning, carrying out the initial engineering, master planning, process technology evaluation and selection to support project financial investment decision approvals
Work is expected to begin in Q1 next year and will total $1.5bn in value. Once finished, the plant will produce 250,000 tonnes of PVC a year to export to Asia. Around 140,000 tonnes of sodium hydroxide will be shipped locally to support various industrial activities.
Christian Brown, President, Oil & Gas, SNC-Lavalin, commented: “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.”
The Canadian firm will be working with local Omani contractors during the building phase of the project. Once finished, SNC-Lavalin will also support the operation and maintenance of the plant.
SNC-Lavalin is also involved in Oman’s oil and gas industry, last year winning a contract to help with management of upstream assets.