The Sohar refinery is due for an upgrade, with the modernization to be done to the tune of 1.5 billion US$. The project will increase output from less than 120,000 to nearly 190,000 barrels per day. Additionally, the project will upgrade the refinery product, allowing it to produce higher grade petrochemicals while cutting emissions. Technology from UOP, a Honeywell company based in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, will be used, UOP Middle East general manager Keith Aspray revealed. The technology will convert heavy crude into low-contaminant deasphalted oil, which can then be used to produce liquefied petroleum gas, gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and propylene. The new unit will process 2.5 million metric tons of heavy crude per year, and the entire expansion project is due to be online in 2015.