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Contract awarded for Omani giant ammonia urea complex

Oman-India Fertilizer Co. has awarded a lump-sum turnkey contract valued at $770 million to Technip-Coflexip and 50:50 joint venture partner Snamprogetti SPA for the design and construction of a grassroots ammonia-urea complex—said to be the world’s largest—in Oman. Financing for the project is under way

Oman-India Fertilizer Co. (Omifco) has awarded a lump-sum turnkey contract valued at $770 million to Technip-Coflexip and 50:50 joint venture partner Snamprogetti SPA for the design and construction of a giant ammonia-urea fertilizer complex in Oman.

This project, which Technip-Coflexip says will be the world’s largest grassroots fertilizer complex, will be erected at Sur, 150 km south of Mascate. It will consist of two 1,750 tonne/day ammonia plants, using the technology of Snamprogetti affiliate Haldor Topsøe SA; two 2,350 tonne/day urea plants, using Snamprogetti’s technology; and two granulation units. The complex also will include associated utilities, offsites, and marine works.

Under the terms of the contract, Technip-Coflexip and Snamprogetti will supply engineering design, equipment and materials, construction management, start-up supervision, and client personnel training. Work is to be completed within 35 months from the effective date of the contract. Project financing is currently being finalized. The complex will be fed by Omani gas, with all of the urea output exported to India. Omifco’s shareholders are Oman Oil Co. 50% and the Indian companies KRIBHCO and IFFCO 25% each.

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