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Metso selected to ensure safe ESD at Orpic's Sohar refinery expansion project in Oman

Tuesday, Jul 07, 2015

Metso's intelligent solenoid valves have been chosen by Daelim, a South Korean EPC company, to ensure highly reliable emergency shutdown (ESD) valve operation for over 600 safety-critical valves being used in the expansion project at Orpic's Sohar refinery in Oman.

Daelim selected Neles ValvGuard intelligent solenoid valves to ensure that all safety actions can be implemented reliably on demand, if needed, for their extension project of the Sohar refinery, owned by Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic).

These valves were chosen because of their ability to perform partial valve stroke tests on a regular basis to verify performance for the plant's predictive maintenance purposes as well as to maintain the required safety integrity level (SIL) for the safety loops.
The high pneumatic capacity and integrated limit switches of Neles ValvGuard optimize installation costs for any plant. This means that refineries can take advantage of improved plant safety in a highly cost-efficient way.

Neles ValvGuards are fully compatible with Foundation Fieldbus communication protocol and they are ensuring safe and reliable operation on top of 3rd party and Metso valves. Foundation Fieldbus enables best possible life-cycle savings for the Sohar refinery due to some of the protocol's key benefits, including predictive maintenance capability and seamless data integration into operational displays of DCS system.

About Orpic

Orpic (Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company) was created through the integration of Oman Refineries and Petrochemicals Company LLC (ORPC), Aromatics Oman LLC (AOL) and Oman Polypropylene (OPP).

Today, Orpic is one of Oman's largest companies and is one of the most rapidly growing businesses in the Middle East oil industry.  Orpic's refineries in Sohar and Muscat, as well as the aromatics and polypropylene production plants in Sohar, provide fuels, chemicals and feedstock to Oman and to the world.

Orpic currently employees around 2000 people - more than 75% of which are Omanis.  By 2018, Orpic's workforce is set to double, with three major growth projects expanding Orpic's refinery and plant operations, including: Sohar Refinery Improvement Project, Liwa Plastics Industries Complex, and Muscat-Sohar Product Pipeline.

Orpic enquiries:

Shaima Al Aufi
Manager of Communications, Orpic
Tel:  +968 22106380
Ref:  ORPIC/MS 019

About Daelim

Founded as Burim Corporation in 1939, Daelim has been playing a pivotal role in Korea's construction history. The company has played a pioneering role in penetrating overseas markets since 1966. Daelim reached its targeted cumulative order volume of USD 15 billion in Saudi Arabia, the hub of the construction industry in the Middle East, as the first Korean company to do so. Additionally, the company is handling projects in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, China, Vietnam, Philippines and Singapore.

Metso is the world's leading industrial company in the mining and aggregates industries and in the flow control business. Our knowledge, people and solutions help drive sustainable improvements in performance and profitability in our customers' businesses.

Metso has an uncompromising attitude towards safety. Our products range from mining and construction equipment and systems to industrial valves and controls. Our solutions are delivered and supported by decades of process knowledge and a broad scope of services backed by a global footprint of over 90 service centers, thousands of service employees, and an extensive logistics network.

Metso is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finland. In 2014, Metso's net sales totaled EUR 3.7 billion. Metso employs approximately 14,000 industry experts in more than 50 countries. Expect results.,  

For further information, please contact:

Juha Yli-Petäys, Vice President, Valve Controls, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 40 7770 737, email: juha.yli-petays(at)

Jussi Ollila, Vice President, Global Communications, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 20 484 3212, email: jussi.ollila(at)