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Priority to Duqm Gas Needs in Oman

Source: 6/23/2012, Location: Middle East

Nasser bin Khamis al Jashmi, Oil and Gas Ministry Under-Secretary, has affirmed the government’s commitment to providing the gas requirements of approved utilities and industrial projects planned at the Duqm Special Economic Zone (SEZ). “The amount of gas available to the Duqm SEZ is a critical factor in determining which planned projects will be established first. There are other determinants, such as the economic significance and the added-value potential of these projects,” he explained in a statement.

According to Al Jashmi, the government has prepared the basic infrastructure required to support potential investors exploring investment opportunities in the Duqm SEZ. Government investment in infrastructure has already reached substantial levels. “Oman Oil Company, as a governmental company, has a major responsibility to support all economic projects at Duqm SEZ, by investing in strategic projects, such as Duqm Refinery, which in turn will create a number of projects related to the gas industry,” he said.

“OGC is executing the government’s plan to provide economic projects at Duqm SEZ with their gas requirements as per approved plans,” Al Jashmi noted. OGC has disclosed that the Tender Board has floated an international tender for the supply of pipelines required for Duqm Gas Pipeline project. According to Yahya bin Said al Jabri, Chairman of the Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm, the gas pipeline project is key to attracting industrial investors and service providers to Duqm.

“As an important form of energy, gas will support the establishment of a number of industries in the SEZ in the near future, such as the Duqm Refinery, petrochemicals factories, cement factory, utilities and so on. They will offer added value opportunities to the SEZ,” he said. Oman Gas Company will oversee the implementation of the Duqm gas pipeline project. The 230-km line will run from Saih Nihayda gas field to Duqm. The amount of gas that will be pumped will depend on a number of factors, although the Ministry of Oil and Gas has earmarked volumes sufficient to meet the SEZ’s initial needs.

“This project is one of the biggest investments of Oman Gas Company in the field of gas transportation,” said Yousuf bin Mohammed al Ojaili, CEO — Oman Gas Company. “Since taking on the task of gas transportation in the year 2000, OGC has extended gas distribution network to include new areas in the Sultanate, such as Sohar and Salalah. This is in addition to the installation of compression stations at Buraimi, Fahud and Nimr.”

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