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Oman appoints firm to prepare utility study Subscription Required

29 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Canadian group will prepare study exploring privatisation of distribution company

Oman highway projects

Bids submitted for final Oman road package Subscription Required

27 January 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Bids have been received from 11 firms for the final package of major Oman road project

Canadian company selected to study privatisation of power distribution in Muscat

Oman studies electricity privatisation Subscription Required

27 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Canadian company selected to study privatisation of power distribution in Muscat

Gas for power generation

Oman reconsiders coal for power generation Subscription Required

27 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Sultanate is investigating using coal after original plans were dropped in 2010

Boats

Sohar shelves new liquid bulk jetty project Subscription Required

27 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

Northern Oman port operator says there is no need for increase in jetty capacity

Oman awards road work

Oman awards road work Subscription Required

26 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Galfar Engineering & Construction confirms $73m contract win

Suez Environnement wins Muscat waste facility deal

Suez Environnement wins Muscat waste deal Subscription Required

25 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

French group’s subsidiary will expand capacity of facility to 400,000 tonnes

Onshore gas drilling

Oman starts tight gas production at $1bn Abu Tabul project Subscription Required

20 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

OOCEP expects to hit production target by end of 2015

Oman's planned railway

Bids in for Oman rail network Subscription Required

18 January 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Contractors submit technical offers for first section of Oman’s national railway

Oman banking

Bank Sohar reports rise in profits Subscription Required

18 January 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Oman bank also sees lending up by 14 per cent

Oman tenders logistics zone maintenance

Oman tenders logistics zone maintenance Subscription Required

15 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Zone will act as link between Muscat and Sohar port

Omran awards Al-Irfan masterplan deal

Omran awards Al-Irfan masterplan deal Subscription Required

15 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Development will cover 7.4 million square metres

Drilling activity ramped up at Khazzan tight gas field

Drilling activity ramped up at Khazzan Subscription Required

14 January 2015 | By Wil Crisp

BP official says eight rigs will be in place at the Oman tight gas field by end of year

Oman oil projects under review

Oman oil projects under review Subscription Required

14 January 2015 | By Wil Crisp

Officials responsible for gas projects told to look for savings

Acwa Power Barka raises funding for phase 2 expansion

Acwa Power Barka raises phase 2 funding Subscription Required

14 January 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Local banks provide financing for IWPP

Iran plans iron smelter in Oman

Iran plans iron smelter in Oman Subscription Required

13 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

New facility to be built at Duqm within five years

Doosan bids low for Oman wastewater deal

Doosan bids low for Oman wastewater deal Subscription Required

13 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Larsen & Toubro also passes technical evaluation

Oman highway projects

Firms bid for three Oman road packages Subscription Required

12 January 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Local and international firms submit bids for three different packages of Batinah Expressway scheme

Acwa confirms Oman desalination contract

Acwa confirms Oman desalination contract Subscription Required

12 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Project company will expand capacity of Barka 1 plant

Refining industry

Oman mulls share sale of state refining group Subscription Required

12 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

Orpic shares may be offered to public, oil minister quoted as saying

Analysis

Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said Subscription Required

22 January 2015

Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said is ruler of Oman

Railway construction

Rail projects safe from oil price drop Subscription Required

19 January 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

No sign of delays for existing rail and metro projects across the GCC although new project plans unlikely to materialise this year

Average LNG import prices to Japan

GCC LNG exporters hit as prices plummet Subscription Required

14 January 2015 | By Mark Watts

Lower Asia demand growth and tumbling crude price signal weak liquefied natural gas market in 2015

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

People to watch 2015 Subscription Required

5 January 2015

Twelve key figures who will shape the region’s economy in the coming year

oil

Impact of falling oil prices on Oman Subscription Required

17 December 2014

With smaller oil reserves and a much higher budget breakeven oil price, Oman is more vulnerable to low crude prices than the four biggest GCC economies, but stands in a far stronger position than Bahrain

Oil, gas and chemical awards in the GCC

GCC oil and gas spending hits four-year high in 2014 Subscription Required

15 December 2014 | By Mark Watts

Kuwait leads spending as Saudi Arabia has weakest year for contracts since 2004

WTI spot price

Riding out low oil prices Subscription Required

4 December 2014 | By Wil Crisp

GCC nations brace for budget deficits as Opec offers no oil price support

Nationals in petrochemicals workforce

GCC chemicals industry creating local jobs with varied success Subscription Required

14 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Industry group says almost 150,000 people directly employed in regional chemicals sector

GCC oil and gas awards

GCC oil and gas spend hits long-term high in 2014 Subscription Required

16 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Six-country bloc has invested $29bn to date driven by resurgence in Kuwait projects

Risk ratings in the Middle East and North Africa

Navigating regional political and security risk Subscription Required

17 August 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Investors face a widening and complex web of risks in the Middle East and North Africa region

Comment

Coal-fired power plant

Coal back on the agenda

27 January 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

GCC and North Africa look to coal for power generation

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Masters of the new world energy order

18 January 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

The GCC, the worlds’ biggest energy exporter, and the US, the world’s largest energy consumer are emerging as leaders in a new world energy order

Muscat, the capital of Oman

Oman’s highest budget ever

6 January 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Is Oman’s increase in spending driven by bravery or fear?

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Why GCC producers are happy to see oil fall

18 December 2014 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

The GCC’s oil producers will be the biggest winners from the 2014 oil price crash

Opec secretary-general Abdullah al-Badri

Opec sets the tone for 2015

15 December 2014 | By Richard Thompson

Regional producers are not about to cut oil production and the assumptions that have underpinned forecasting in recent years have to be revisited

While other Arab nations adopt firm stances on regional politics, Muscat is content to straddle the fence

Oman remains on the sidelines Subscription Required

6 November 2014

While other Arab nations adopt firm stances on regional politics, Muscat is content to straddle the fence

Oman plastics drive

Liwa Plastics a milestone for Oman diversification Subscription Required

30 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Sohar megaproject receives first major industrial gas allocation for almost a decade

Power generation

Power leads privatisation drive in Oman Subscription Required

30 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Creating a spot market for electricity pricing is the latest plan for the country’s utility sector

New Oman projects could boost exports

New Oman projects could boost gas exports Subscription Required

16 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Khazzan project gathers steam with most of construction on track to start in 2015

Markets and bonds

Bonds market gains maturity Subscription Required

10 April 2014

An increasingly diverse base of issuers, driven by strong economic growth is helping to deepen the region’s capital markets

Gasification at Jizan

Higher bid prices return to the GCC Subscription Required

10 April 2014

European firms have been winning work again for a couple of years now, beating South Korean competition

Oman

Oman looks forward to a positive future Subscription Required

3 April 2014 | By Elizabeth Bains

With the government rooting out corruption, Oman can focus on a concerted projects drive

Gas

The Khazzan tight gas test Subscription Required

13 February 2014 | By Mark Watts

The region’s producers will be keeping a close eye on the progress of Oman’s new unconventional gas scheme for potential of its model working elsewhere

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