The Omani Gulf Petroleum Services Company (GPS), has been selected after a tendering process by Orpic Logistics Compnay (OLC), a joint venture between Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries (Orpic) and the Spanish firm Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos (CLH), as general contractor to provide a turn key Engineering, Procurement and Construction project, supported also for the construction management by Abantia-Ticsa, a Spanish Construction company, with proven experience in this type of storage terminal construction.
The 290km Muscat-Sohar Product Pipeline (MSPP) will introduce a highly flexible, two-way multiproduct fuels transportation system that incorporates a national strategic reserve and a direct spur to the new Muscat airport. It will be the first of its kind to be constructed in Oman. The overall project consttruction costs estimate is € 260 million.
The pipeline will connect several infrastructures improving the fuel logistics in the country. The complete project also includes the construction of other infrastructures (??), and will be carried out in three phases: The first phase will consist of the the pipeline that connects up the Mina al Fahal Refinery and Muscat International Airport. The second phase will ecompass the connection between the Mina al Fahal Refinery and the Sohar Refinery together with the SEEB Terminal storage facility in the vicinity of Muscat. And finally the third phase will consist of expanding that storage facility in order to increase the country’s strategic reserves of fuel.
The engineering works have already started and the construction of the pipeline and oil tanks facility are scheduled to be started along the second quarter of 2015. The commissioning of the project is previewed to be achieved in the second quarter of 2017. This project will set a state of the art reference including the latested technologies in control and SCADA systems, fire fighting, leak detection, cathodic protection and telecommunications and will be l equipped with loading facilities to attend a loading demand of up to 200 trucks per day.