Shell Oman Marketing Company has signed a 10 year agreement with Sohar Industrial Port-based Oiltanking Odfjell Terminals (OOT) to receive and store lubricant raw materials known as base oils for Shell’s Mina Al Fahal lubricants blending plant.
The agreement was signed at the Oiltanking’s office at Sohar by Shell Oman marketing managing director Adil bin Ismail Al Raisi and Zeger Van Asch Van Wijck, CEO of OOT.
Shell Oman lubricant blending plant is a state-of-the-art ISO 9001:2008 certified plant producing over 60 million litres of different types and grades of lubricants for various uses ranging from consumer cars to aviation, marine and industrial products.
The plant produces various product for the local market and 70% is exported to over 22 countries in the Middle East and Asia.
OOT is located in the Port of Sohar with a tank capacity of 1,267,500 m3 ideally positioned to support trade and cargo flows within the Middle East region as well as flows from the Gulf to other continents and regions.
Multiple deep water berths combined with a state of art line system with high pump capacities assure customers of a quick and efficient vessel turn around at the Sohar Industrial Port.
The upcoming additional storage tanks for Shell Oman base oil products are part of a bigger expansion project adding more chemical capacities to OOT’s current operations.
Speaking on the occasion, Ahmed Hilal, Shell Oman lubricants plant manager said, ‘This agreement will enhance our operational efficiency by having raw material always available within three hours drive from the plant, avoiding major capital investment and terminal management.’
Shell Oman is exploring more export opportunities as this agreement will make it able to meet local growing demands and increase the plant capacity to produce up to 100 million litres of lubricants a year.