Petrotahlil - Omani energy firm OQ has started test runs at its new 880,000 t/yr polyethylene (PE) plant and begun bagging its first batch of polymer resins.
The closely watched swing PE plant is Oman's first and located at the Liwa Plastics Industries Complex (LPIC), which also includes a 300,000 t/yr polypropylene (PP) unit.
Tecnimont, a major contractor of LPIC, said on 20 May that the unit achieved a safe start-up and produced its first polymer powder using imported ethylene.
The OQ entity comprises state-owned oil company OOC, refiner Orpic and seven other domestic firms.
German chemicals company Oxea changed its corporate name to OQ Chemicals in mid-May, as it integrated into OQ.