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Premier Inn

Premier Inn focuses on GCC expansion Subscription Required

23 October 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

More than 100 hotels projected over 20 years, seven announced, four in negotiations

Water pumping station

Oman begins work on water distribution project Subscription Required

23 October 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Construction of 695km of pipeline has begun

Oman in talks to buy local assets of Occidental Petroleum

Oman in talks to buy local assets of Occidental Petroleum Subscription Required

23 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Oman Oil Company waiting for US firm to specify terms of acquisition

Orpic pushes forward with Liwa Plastics Project

Orpic pushes forward with Liwa Plastics Project Subscription Required

21 October 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Financial adviser confirmed on Oman petrochemicals scheme

CORRECTION: Oman Gas Company Subscription Required

16 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Oman Gas Company has not issued a tender for a contract to provide the front-end engineering and design (feed) for the Muscat city gas project, as reported by MEED in the article “Oman tenders Muscat city gas project”, dated 11 September 2014.

EPC awards in Oman

BP invites bids on Khazzan gas pipelines Subscription Required

15 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Companies asked to submit proposals for export, condensate and gas gathering pipelines

Wadi in Oman

Oman tenders dam construction contract Subscription Required

14 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Work will involve building flood protection and recharge dam

Wind farm

UAE to help fund Oman wind farm project Subscription Required

14 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Wind farm would be first major renewable scheme in the sultanate

The price of Oman crude exports into Asia has dropped below $90 a barrel for the first time in more than two years

Oman crude prices drop to two-year lows Subscription Required

12 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

Prices on Dubai Mercantile Exchange settle at $88.32 amid global price slide

The UK's BP has awarded about $730m in long-term drilling contracts for its Khazzan tight gas project in central Oman

BP awards $730m in Oman drilling deals Subscription Required

8 October 2014 | By Mark Watts

KCA Deutag and Abraj Energy Service win deals on Khazzan gas project

Oman gives bidders more time for cultural complex

Oman gives bidders more time for cultural complex Subscription Required

7 October 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Development comprises three major buildings

Oman invites bids for water distribution network

Oman invites bids for water distribution network Subscription Required

7 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Project is part of sultanate’s plan to upgrade water transmission infrastructure

Japan’s Marubeni Corporation is no longer participating in the bidding process for the planned Salalah 2 independent power project

Marubeni out of Salalah IPP bidding Subscription Required

6 October 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Japanese developer no longer participating in tender for 300-400MW project

Power plant

Oman to finalise tariff model for Musandam private power scheme Subscription Required

30 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Bank financing for the planned independent power project to be closed by end of year

Petrochemicals plant

Ghantoot to invest in $700m fertiliser plant in Duqm Subscription Required

30 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Abu Dhabi group says Oman project will include carbon-capture facility

National Bank of Oman concludes bond investor roadshow

National Bank of Oman concludes bond investor roadshow Subscription Required

30 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Lender planning $500m-plus bond issuance

Oman invites prequalification for Duqm refinery

Duqm Special Economic Zone seeks investors Subscription Required

30 September 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Zone concludes second local bank agreement

Oman energy EPC awards

Oman invites prequalification for Duqm refinery Subscription Required

28 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

Companies asked to express interest in major downstream project by 23 October

Oman road dualization scheme

Muscat receives bids for Barka to Nakhal road project Subscription Required

14 September 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Scheme involves turning the existing Barka to Nakhal road into a dual carriageway

Rig

Solar oil recovery group gets $53m investment Subscription Required

10 September 2014 | By Mark Watts

GlassPoint receives funding from Oman’s State General Reserve Fund and Shell

Analysis

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

Rigs operating in the Middle East and North Africa, June 2014

Middle East rig count on the rise Subscription Required

31 July 2014 | By Kevin Baxter

The region is now the world’s second-biggest market for operating oil rigs

Oil offshore

Oil exporters put the brakes on spending Subscription Required

12 June 2014 | By Dominc Dudley

Oil exporters are starting to trim spending to keep budgets more in line with oil prices

Oman’s middle-sized banks fight for market share Subscription Required

5 June 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Tighter regulation heightens competition among Oman’s banks

Oman commercial banks deposit base

Oman’s banks remain resilient to shocks Subscription Required

22 May 2014 | By Rebecca Spong

Central bank warns sector to diversify funding base

Oman crude and condensates production 2013

Oman oil and gas output up in 2013 Subscription Required

12 May 2014 | By Mark Watts

Hydrocarbons production increases despite crude drop for state oil producer Petroleum Development Oman

Recovery

The growing appetite for bonds Subscription Required

10 April 2014 | By Melissa Song Loong

Increased corporate activity spurred by strong economic growth is helping to expand the market

Serco is the service provider for the Dubai Metro

Bringing the region's services to life Subscription Required

10 April 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Facilities management firm Serco works quietly in the background, providing major services across various sectors in the region, but its CEO is looking to extend its reach

Comment

New Oman projects could boost exports

New Oman projects could boost gas exports

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

Oman

Crackdown a first step to reform Subscription Required

30 January 2014 | By Mark Watts

A corruption investigation into Oman’s oil and gas industry could lead to greater sector transparency

Awards

Local contractors dominate in 2013 Subscription Required

16 January 2014

The small size and nature of most contracts awarded last year saw local firms capitalise

UAE-Iran disputed islands

UAE-Iran islands deal would affect Gulf relations Subscription Required

16 January 2014 | By Mark Watts

Reported agreement would increase Iran’s influence in Strait of Hormuz and Oman ties

Gas

Muscat fired up by gas potential Subscription Required

7 November 2013 | By Mark Watts

The development of a huge tight gas project and gas trade potential with Iran could boost Oman’s economy

Gulf midstream

Midstream moves up Gulf agenda Subscription Required

31 October 2013

A world-class midstream sector enables countries to exploit the current boom in oil and gas prices

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