IPIC, Oman sign deal on new refinery project

Agreement could see new refinery, petrochemical complex built in Duqm.
IPIC, Oman sign deal on new refinery project
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 12 Oct 2009 07:38 AM

Abu Dhabi's International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) and Oman Oil Company (OOC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the potential development of a refinery and petrochemical complex.

The MoU, which covers plans for the port district of Duqm, Oman was signed by Khadem Al Qubaisi, managing director, IPIC and by Ahmed Al Wahaibi, CEO, OOC.

The MoU will include feasibility studies for the proposed project.

Al Wahaibi said:"The prospect of constructing refinery and petrochemical facilities at Duqm is important, not only for OOC and IPIC, but also for the Sultanate's economy."

He added: "We anticipate commissioning the necessary studies, including important feasibility and marketing analysis for the project, in the very near future."

The Duqm refinery and petrochemical complex will play a significant role in Oman's plans to diversify and develop the economy, the companies said.

The Sultanate is currently pushing forward with major infrastructure projects intended to continue to strengthen Oman's reputation as a country of viable investment opportunities.

Al Qubaisi said: "We see significant synergistic potential between IPIC and Oman Oil, our cooperation will be beneficial for both IPIC and OOC and create social and economic benefits for UAE and Oman."

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