Orpic Logistics Company (OLC) has started operations at its new Muscat-Sohar pipeline and its Al Jefnain storage terminal in Oman.
The $336 million pipeline represents a key logistics infrastructure, allowing more than 50% of the country’s fuel to be transported and contributing to improved road safety, with fewer road tankers in and around the capital of Muscat.
The Muscat Sohar Product Pipeline (MSPP) is a multi-product, bi-directional pipeline that uses 290 kilometres of pipelines to connect the Mina Al Fahal and Sohar Orpic refineries to the AL Jefnain storage and distribution facility, as well as to the Muscat International airport.
It is divided into three sections and it has satellite control systems and advanced safety and environmental protection.
The Al Jefnain storage facility is a centre for the storage and distribution of petroleum products with a capacity of more than 170,000 m3 and 16 loading racks. At this facility, an average of 700 trucks are loaded every day, carrying fuel to service stations. The facility increases the country’s refined products storage capacity by 70%.
OLC is a joint venture company, created by CLH and Orpic. Jorge Lanza, CEO of CLH, says: ‘The MSPP project is a significant milestone in the history of our company and we believe that it will open doors to new opportunities. CLH is committed to the development of the economy and talent of Oman, and we hope to continue to undertake more projects together, both in Oman and the surrounding area.’
Vice president of Orpic, H.E. Sultank bin Salim Al Habsi, adds: ‘This project responds to the government’s strategic goals for the development of logistics systems for petroleum products in the Sultanate, which will cover the growing demand for fuels.’