The business is a joint venture in between Orpic and Spanish firm Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos (CLH).
The project was inaugurated beneath the auspices of H E Gen Sultan bin Mohammed al Nu’amani, Minister of Royal Office, in the presence of ministers, members of the Board of Directors of Orpic, representatives of the State Council, Majlis A’Shura and other enterprise leaders.
H E Sultan bin Salim al Habsi, deputy chairman of the Board of Governors of the Central Bank of Oman and deputy chairman of Orpic Board of Directors stated, “We are proud to witness the inauguration of one of the three important strategic growth projects undertaken by Orpic. The project comes in response to the strategic objectives set by the government for developing oil products logistics solutions in the sultanate and to meet the rapidly growing demand for fuel.”
He added that the US$336mn project will assist to provide a lot more than 50 per cent of Oman’s fuel by way of the state-of-the-art storage facility in Jifnain. “In addition to meeting the domestic demand, this project helps to reduce pollution by reducing truck movements in Muscat by 70 per cent.”
Ahmed Saleh al Jahdhami, CEO, Orpic hailed the pipeline and the terminal project. “The project offers social, economic and environmental benefits, including improved road safety, efficient fuel supply, and reduced pollution. On the in-country value (ICV) front, MSPP has contributed US$149mn to Omani local purchases and SMEs, representing 44 per cent of the total project cost.”
He stated that the Jifnain Terminal will enhance fuel safety in Oman. “There are direct pumping pipes from Jifnain Terminal to the new Muscat airport which will reduce traffic congestion.”
The chief executive officer of CLH stated, “The project is a landmark in the history of our company and we believe it will open the door to new opportunities.”
MSPP and Jifnain Terminal function a 290km pipeline connected by 3 pipeline network such as a 10-inch multi-item pipeline of 45km length from Mina al Fahal Refinery to the terminal. The second pipeline is an 18-inch multi-item pipeline of 220km from Sohar Refinery to the terminal.
The third a single is a 10-inch committed pipeline for jet fuel of 25km length from the terminal to the new Muscat airport. This pipeline assists to pump jet fuel straight from the terminal to the airport without having requiring tanker trucks.
The new terminal is equipped with 16 bays with a capacity to load up to 700 trucks every day for transportation across stations. Furthermore, the new terminal is supplied by two multi-item and bi-directional pipelines connected to Orpic’s Sohar and Muscat refineries.
Information Source: Muscat Daily