Total has signed a MoU with the government of Oman to develop natural gas resources in Oman.
Total and Shall as operator, will develop several natural gas discoveries located in the Greater Barik area on onshore Block 6 with respective shares of 25% and 75% respectively. The objective is to have an initial gas production of around 500 MMcfd and a potential to reach 1 bcf/d at a later stage.
Total will use its equity gas entitlement as feedstock to develop in Oman a regional hub for LNG bunkering service to supply LNG as a fuel to marine vessels. This will be achieved through a new, small-scale modular liquefaction plant to be built in Sohar port.
Arnaud Breuillac, president exploration and production at Total, says:’ We will bring our expertise in LNG and will introduce access to a new gas market for the sultanate. Developing an LNG bunkering service will generate in-country value and job opportunities and will support industry diversification through fostering the shipping activity in Oman.’