Oman Allocates Gas for Huge industrialization Drive

Published June 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Oman's government has set aside five trillion cubic feet of gas for a major industrialization drive in the port city of Sohar, said the Oman Observer, quoting oil and gas ministry official Wednesday. 

"The ministry of oil and gas has set aside five trillion cubic feet of gas for industries in Sohar," said the official. 

"It will meet the feedstock and energy needs of the planned projects over their 25-year operational life," he said. 

A 305-kilometre pipeline will transport the gas from fields in Fahud, central Oman, to a new industrial zone at Sohar, 230 kilometers northwest of Muscat, said the paper. 

Saipem and Snamprogetti of Italy with Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company have been awarded the Sohar pipeline contract, while India's Dodsal is to build a pipeline to Salalah in southern Oman, said the paper. 

The gas for Sohar is to serve as feedstock for several new projects, including an aluminum smelter, a refinery and a fertilizer-urea plant. Oman is also building a new port alongside the town's industrial zone, according to the paper - 


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