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GPIC: achieving production record

GPIC: achieving production record



GPIC reports record Q1 production

The company exported 334,785 metric tonnes of its products in the last three months, with Thailand amounting to 27 per cent and China importing 21 per cent

May 2018

Bahrain’s Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) has reported achieving a record production of 391,343 metric tonnes of ammonia, urea and methanol in the first quarter of the current year without a lost time accident.

The company achieved an average daily production of 4,430 metric tonnes of ammonia, urea and methanol in the first quarter of this year. It exported 334,785 metric tonnes of its products in the last three months, with Thailand amounting to 27 per cent and China importing 21 per cent, exported on board 19 vessels.

Company president Dr Abdulrahman Jawahery attributed the achievement to the attention, care and continuous follow-up of the wise leadership, which sees it as one of the most important industrial entities leading the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national economy.

He said this was also the result of GPIC’s approach towards continuing modernisation and development of operations and plant equipment as well as its commitment to implementing maintenance procedures. He said the company’s keenness to develop its human elements by making available for them the latest training programmes to develop their professionalism was another reason for the success.

Jawahery: robust approach

Jawahery: robust approach

The company also revelaed that it has exceeded its production targets for 2017, including the highest daily production of urea (2,055 metric tonnes). The company also set a new monthly production record for methanol (62,300 metric tonnes), which resulted in the total production of urea, ammonia and methanol reaching 1,604,725 metric tonnes, an increase of 1.4 per cent over 2016, said a statement.

A total of 1,204,486 metric tonnes of the company›s products were shipped on board 71 vessels throughout the year and these fetched the best prices from world markets, it said.

 

100 PER CENT LOCALISATION

In the current year, GPIC is working to replace all equipment needed and used in the past with locally made products. Dr Jawahery said this while receiving the first and the largest equipment for use during the periodic maintenance of its plants from April 1 to 23.

“The company has been keen to use a national company to manufacture this equipment to encourage the use of locally-made products,” said Dr Jawahery expressing pride at the ability of Bahrain’s manufacturers, who have a good reputation in craftsmanship and reliability.

The equipment, for the Urea Formaldehyde Project Absorber Column, has been designed and manufactured in Bahrain at Ramses Engineering Company.

Dr Jawahery said that the Absorber Column, made of stainless steel, is 31 metres long and weighs more than 58 tonnes. He said it took about eight months to manufacture and was transferred as one piece.

The Urea Formaldehyde project, Dr Jawahery said, is on schedule and is expected to be completed soon. The unit will be ready for production and by the third quarter of the year. He said the Absorber Column is a very important part of the Urea Formaldehyde Project.

 

$22M FOR MAINTENANCE

The chemicals company annually invests about $10 million in routine maintenance and about $22 million in the overall maintenance of its plants, it said.

This is “carried out once every two and a half years,” said Dr Jawahery during a tour of the company’s facilities on the eve of the comprehensive periodic maintenance of its plants.

During the maintenance operations, the company imports trained manpower, who are experts and skilled workers, and who come from the Gulf countries and beyond. The investment represents an increase in the reliability of equipment and the safety of plants, said Dr Jawahery adding: “This resulted in it winning many prestigious awards in operation, maintenance, safety and the environment.”




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