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dam

Oman tenders dam work

1 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Three flood protection dams to be built in Wadi Aday

Chemicals plant

Oman prepares to tender ammonia plant Subscription Required

1 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

Design study completed on proposed facility in Salalah

Oman awards wind farm consultancy deal

Oman awards wind farm consultancy deal Subscription Required

26 February 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

ILF Consulting Engineers to advise on 50MW renewables project

Muscat

Moody’s changes Oman outlook to negative Subscription Required

22 February 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

A1 government bond rating affirmed

Power generation

Oman to tender private power projects in first quarter Subscription Required

19 February 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Two independent power projects will be located at two different sites

Salalah Free Zone Company appoints Indian firm for work on Adhan phase one

Larsen & Toubro wins Oman infrastructure deal Subscription Required

18 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Salalah Free Zone Company appoints Indian firm for work on Adhan phase one

Oman tenders Musandam independent power project consultancy deal

Oman tenders Musandam IPP consultancy Subscription Required

18 February 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Dual-fired power plant being built in parallel with gas facility

Refinery

Prequalification extended for refinery Subscription Required

16 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Companies given extra four weeks to submit documents for Oman’s Duqm oil refinery project

Wastewater

Oman tenders sewerage work Subscription Required

15 February 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Construction of sewerage networks in Suwaiq

The 265-kilometre-long Batinah Expressway will be Oman’s biggest road scheme

Oman extends Batinah expressway bid deadline Subscription Required

15 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Tender closing date extended for package 11 of road project

Oman peak water demand

Oman seeks firms for next water projects Subscription Required

12 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe , Philippa Wilkinson

Two desalination projects are planned at different sites

Oman awards rail management contract

Oman awards rail management contract Subscription Required

11 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Oman Railway Company appoints Spanish-led consortium to oversee sector A of national railway project

Package three of Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre awarded

Indian contractor wins Omran deal Subscription Required

9 February 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Package three of Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre awarded

Gas-fired power plant

Oman still in talks with Salalah 2 IPP bidders Subscription Required

5 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Salalah 2 facility will have a capacity of 300-400MW

Seawater intake installation

Oman begins process for planned new Barka IWP Subscription Required

5 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Consultants invited to submit bids for water recirculation study

Oman port

Oman prequalifies for Duqm berths terminal Subscription Required

4 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Contractors asked to submit documents by 10 March

Petrochemicals

Companies prequalified for Liwa Plastics Subscription Required

4 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Tenders for $3.6bn petrochemicals project expected to be floated in coming weeks

Desalination

Consortium bids low for Sohar desalination scheme Subscription Required

3 February 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

28,000cm/d desalination plant will supply plastics industry

Khazzan export pipelines to be awarded soon

Khazzan export pipelines to be awarded soon Subscription Required

2 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Companies submit prices for Oman condensate and gas export pipelines

Pylons

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

Analysis

Ethylene production costs

Oil price drop will lower GCC petrochemicals margins Subscription Required

15 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Regional producers will face stronger competition from naphtha-based crackers in Asia and Europe

Marla Valdez Subscription Required

28 January 2015

Marla Valdez is partner, Energy Middle East and Africa at Dentons

Andrew Figgins Subscription Required

28 January 2015

Andrew Figgins is managing associate at Dentons Muscat in Oman

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

Comment

Construction

New vision for GCC construction workforce

22 February 2015 | By Sachin Kerur

Development of a regional policy for hiring workers is under discussion

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 Subscription Required

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

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