ORC denies supplying US forces with jet fuel
The Oman Refinery Company has rejected claims that it is directly selling jet fuel to American forces based in the Gulf. Western diplomats have suggested that the state-run firm is providing US pilots with 1.4 million liters of jet fuel daily, reported Reuters.
ORC stated that it does not market petroleum products directly to end users, specifying that marketing in the Sultanate is handled by independent suppliers. Used as a refueling point during the war on Afghanistan, Oman’s jet fuel loading terminals are 1,700 kilometers from the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
ORC produces liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), butane, jet fuel, and two grades of gasoline. Until recently, all the products of the ORC were marketed through Shell and BP retail networks.
The company established its own marketing division in 1994 with the brand name Al-Maha. Subsequently, in 1999, Al-Maha was formally separated from ORC and established an independent entity — Al Maha Petroleum Products Marketing Company to exclusively distribute petroleum products. — (menareport.com)
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