Work on the 230,000 barrels per day Duqm refinery, which is the largest cross-border GCC investment in the downstream sector, has started.
His Highness Sayyid/Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, minister of heritage and culture, took part in the groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction work for the project. The project by Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company is envisaged to be the cornerstone for other downstream projects in the future.
The refinery, which will manufacture clean, high-quality products in compliance with global standards for safety and operation, will bolster the energy industry of the Sultanate by strengthening the supply and production of diesel, jet fuel, naphtha, LPG, sulphur and pet coke as its primary products.
It will be situated on a 900-hectare site in the south east of Al Wusta in Oman. The project comprises three EPC packages. The first is the process unit of the refinery and the second includes utilities and offsite facilities. The third consists of the product storage and export terminal in Duqm, crude storage tanks in Ras Markaz and the 80km crude pipeline from Ras Markaz to the refinery complex.
The project has the potential to serve as the springboard for Duqm’s planned transformation into one of the largest industrial and economic hubs in the region.
Iasm bin Saud Al-Zadjali, CEO of Oman Oil Company, says: ‘Oman Oil Company performs the role of a catalyst to develop industrial hubs and regions in Oman. The Duqm refinery is one such project that symbolises the effective collaboration between Oman and Kuwait. We believe development of the refinery will support the business landscape in Duqm and will contribute to the creation of an attractive infrastructure for foreign investors, thereby developing the area further and adding jobs to the local economy.’
Nabil Bourisli, CEO and president, Kuwait Petroleum International, says: ‘The modern landmark will leverage the energy sector of the Sultanate since it is a combination of integrity, maximisation of resources and development, to be laid in a very favourable region.’