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Duqm Refinery floats site preparation tender



Muscat:  Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company has floated a tender for site preparation work for its upcoming refinery at the Special Economic Zone at Duqm.

Site preparation work is expected to start in the first quarter of 2015 and complete during the first quarter of 2016, said a company release.

The site preparation works comprises the excavation and compaction of more than 14 cubic meters of soil, and will lay the groundwork to commence refinery construction on schedule in 2016.

"Preparation work is the first activity on the refinery site, and is an exciting milestone for the project.  It ensures that the site will be ready for major construction of the refinery and that the project remains on schedule. We are delighted that many Omani contractors expressed interest in tendering for the contract and that the works will directly benefit the local community at Duqm and the Al Wusta governorate," said Jacobus Nieuwenhuijze, project director of Duqm Refinery.

Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company is a joint venture between Oman Oil Company and International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).

The refinery is the first major industrial project to be developed at the new special economic zone at Duqm, and will have a capacity of 230,000 barrels per day.  Duqm is located approximately 600 kilometer south of Muscat along the Arabian Sea coast of Oman.  Significant investments have already been made in Duqm, including a new international airport, a new dry dock/quay, hotels and dual carriage roads, with further projects currently under execution, including residential and tourist projects and a fishery harbour.

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