OCTAL secures US$296 million for next phase of expansion

20-Jan-2011 - Oman

OCTAL is on track to complete the second phase of its operational expansion this year following a new round of funding from six Middle Eastern banks. The privately owned, Oman-based manufacturer opened a 400,000 metric ton (m/t) PET resins and sheet packaging facility in the southeast port city of Salalah in January 2009.

OCTAL press conference

Spirit of partnership: representatives of OCTAL and six Middle Eastern banks mark the signing of a US$296 million loan in Muscat.

Nicholas P. Barakat, MD

Nicholas P. Barakat, MD, OCTAL

OCTAL press conference
Nicholas P. Barakat, MD

Phase two of the complex, which will be commissioned from June 2012, will add an additional 527,000 m/t of production, making OCTAL the world’s largest producer of PET resins on one site and the largest PET manufacturer in the world.

OCTAL has secured a RO 114 million (US$296 million) senior term loan from a group comprising Bank Muscat, Bank Dhofar, National Bank of Oman, Bank Sohar, Ahli Bank and Qatar National Bank. Existing shareholders Muscat Overseas and Oman & Emirates Investment Holding Company have also agreed a junior debt facility of US$15 million.

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