The Omani government is planning to build a crude oil pipeline that will link central Oman to a proposed storage terminal at Raz Markaz on the country’s Wusta coast.
Yousuf bin Mohammed al Ojaili, chief executive officer of state-owned Oman Gas Company (OGC), said preliminary discussions are underway with the government, as well as the company set up by authorities to oversee the implementation of the Ras Markaz Crude Oil Park.
“This [pipeline project] is in the very early feasibility study stages,”Oman Daily Observer reported Al Ojaili as saying at a key infrastructure forum held in Duqm.
“Discussions are underway with the government and The Oman Tank Terminal Company on the volumes of oil that will be supplied to the storage tanks at Ras Markaz, and the supplies to the refinery proposed in the Duqm area,” he added.
Provisional plans drawn up by the government envisage a 130 kilometre (km) pipeline that plugs into the Main Oil Line at Nahada and travels to Saih Nihayda.Another 230km pipeline will then channel the crude from Saih Nihayda to Ras Markaz.
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