Orpic Logistics Company (OLC), a joint venture created by the Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos (CLH) and Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries (Orpic), has inaugurated the Muscat-Sohar oil pipeline and the Al Jefnain terminal in Oman.
This pipeline, which involved an investment of 336 million dollars, is an important logistical infrastructure that allows for transportation of more than 50% of the country´s fuels. Therefore, it will help in reducing the number of oil tankers in and around Oman’s capital Muscat, and thereby bringing down pollution levels and improving efficiency and sustainability as well as road safety.
The MSPP Project (Muscat Suhar Product Pipeline) consists of a bi-directional, multi-product pipeline that links through 290 kilometers of oil pipeline the Mina Al Fahal and Orpic´s Sohar refineries with the Al Jifnain storage and distribution facility. It also connects the Muscat International Airport, which will now be supplied with aviation fuel directly through oil pipeline.
The MSPP Project is a 290-kilometer multi-product, bi-directional pipeline that links the refineries of Mina Al Fahal and Sohar of Orpic
In his speech, the CEO of CLH, Jorge Lanza, praised ORPIC for the opportunity given to participate in this project in Oman and stressed that “we have demonstrated to ourselves and the industry that we have a leading experience that we are able to develop satisfactorily in new countries and environments like Oman. The MSPP project is a significant milestone in our company´s history and we believe it will open doors to new opportunities. CLH is committed to the development of Oman’s economy and talent and we look forward to continuing to jointly carry out more projects in both Oman and the region. ”
Muscat-Sohar oil pipeline
For his part, the vice president of Orpic, H.E. Sultan bin Salim Al Habsi, said: “We are proud to inaugurate such a significant and strategic project as the Muscat Sohar Product Pipeline (MSPP) and the Al Jefnain terminal. This project responds to the strategic objective of the government for the development of logistics systems for oil products in the Sultanate that will cover the growing demand for fuels. ”
An average of 700 trucks are loaded every day at the Al Jefnain fuel storage terminal, which is expected to increase Oman’s refined products storage capacity by 70%.
The MSPP pipeline is divided into three sections: from the Mina al Fahal refinery to the Al Jefnain facility, 45 km (10 inches); from the Sohar refinery to the Al Jefnain plant, 220 km (18 inches), and a third branch that runs from the Al Jefnain facility to the Muscat international airport, 25 km (10 inches). In addition, this new network features the most advanced satellite control, security and environmental protection systems, CLH informs in a press release
On the other hand, the Al Jefnain terminal, located in the vicinity of Muscat, is a facility for the storage and distribution of petroleum products with a capacity of more than 170,000 cubic meters and 16 cargo islands. An average of 700 trucks transporting the fuel to the service stations are loaded daily. This new infrastructure increases the country´s storage capacity of refined products by 70%.