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15 April 2018

The Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) has received the first and the largest equipment for use during the periodic maintenance of its plants from April 1 to 23. The equipment, for the Urea Formaldehyde Project Absorber Column, has been designed and manufactured in Bahrain at Ramses Engineering Company.

Company President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery expressed pride at the ability of Bahrain’s manufacturers, who have a good reputation in craftsmanship and reliability. He said the Company has been keen to use a national Company to manufacture this equipment to encourage the use of locally-made products.

He said GPIC is working to replace all equipment needed and used in the past with locally-made products, which are manufactured according to the highest standards in accordance with the Company's regulations.

Dr. Jawahery said that the Absorber Column, made of stainless steel, is 31 meters long and weighs more than 58 tonnes. He said it took about eight months to manufacture. It was transferred as one piece on April 2. The transfer was carried out smoothly, taking full account of all safety procedures.

Dr. Jawahery said work on the Urea Formaldehyde Project 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.

Dr. Jawahery said the Company annually invests about US $10 million in routine maintenance and about $22 million in the comprehensive maintenance of plants every three years. He said such investment is based on the keenness of the Management to select the best offers, using the latest global technology in the field of maintenance. This ensures the safety of workers on the one hand and the environment legislation on the other.

Dr. Jawahery said that the Company achieved a world record in the continuous and safe operation, which resulted in it winning several prestigious awards in operation, maintenance, safety and the environment.

During the maintenance operations, the Company imports trained manpower, who are experts and skilled workers, and who come from the Gulf countries and beyond.