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Consortium pulls out of Oman IPP bidding

Consortium pulls out of Oman IPP bidding Subscription Required

16 July 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Three groups remain in race for sultanate’s largest ever privately financed power scheme

Muscat, the capital of Oman

Oman to issue bonds in August Subscription Required

16 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Sultanate’s plans for Islamic debut delayed

Pipeline

Kuwait mulls a pipeline to the Indian Ocean Subscription Required

15 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

The crude pipeline would traverse the UAE and Oman

UK firm wins $125m deal on Khazzan accommodation

UK firm wins $125m deal on Khazzan accommodation Subscription Required

15 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Company will build operational base at BP’s Oman gas megaproject

Oman roads

Oman $1bn road to tender before end 2015 Subscription Required

12 July 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Delay in tender release expected due to project scale

Oman project finance deals

Oman considers PPP for rail network Subscription Required

9 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Private sector could fund most profitable sections of the network

Oil production

GlassPoint to build $600m solar oil recovery plant in Oman Subscription Required

8 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

US group gets go-ahead after successful pilot plant at Amal onshore field

Oman seeks firms to design third phase of Salalah port

Oman seeks firms to design third phase of Salalah port Subscription Required

8 July 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Consultancy tender closes on 31 August

Railway

Oman Rail down to three bidders Subscription Required

8 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Project not threatened by lack of GCC link

Desalination plant

Oman desalination plant begins trial operation Subscription Required

6 July 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Plant due to be fully commissioned in early 2016

Oman wastewater capacity

Doosan wins Oman wastewater deal Subscription Required

5 July 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

South Korean contractor will expand sewage treatment plant

Water pipes

Oman invites bids for water contracts Subscription Required

2 July 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Eight operation and maintenance contracts have been tendered for projects across the sultanate

GCC construction

GCC economic activity drops by 30 per cent Subscription Required

2 July 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Three data points show that markets fell during first half of 2015

Oman seeks interest in Duqm acetic acid plant

Oman seeks interest in Duqm acetic acid plant Subscription Required

1 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Companies asked to express interest in bidding for estimated $1bn project

Oman to tender green data centre

Oman to tender green data centre Subscription Required

1 July 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Tier 3 facility to comply with international standards

OPWP has received technical submissions from four groups for 3,200MW Sohar 3/Ibri independent power project

Four groups submit technical bids for Oman IPP Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Sultanate’s next independent power project will be split over two sites

Napco expands Oman downstream aluminium capacity

Napco expands Oman downstream aluminium capacity Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Company to add two extrusion presses and vertical powder coating line

Shanghai in China

Middle East nations join Asian International Investment Bank Subscription Required

30 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Fifty countries sign on with new China-led development bank

Gas pipelines

Renaissance wins Khazzan camp services deal Subscription Required

25 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Omani group to manage project camps at BP’s major gas field development

GCC Projects forecast 2015

GCC contract awards down 21 per cent Subscription Required

22 June 2015 | By Robert Jones

Fall in awards highlights the uncertainty surrounding the projects market

Analysis

GCC price indices 2015

Oil price volatility hits stock markets Subscription Required

14 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Mixed results for GCC equity markets during first half

Construction

Saudi Arabia dominates region's project finance sector Subscription Required

14 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Uncertain pipeline for second half of year, but 2016 shows promise

Oman seeks interest in Duqm acetic acid plant

Governments turn to private sector for project funding Subscription Required

9 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Sustained lower oil prices could push governments towards alternative lending models

GCC oil and gas contract awards 2009-15

Kuwait buoys slump in GCC oil and gas spending Subscription Required

8 July 2015 | By Mark Watts

Contract awards slow in key Middle East oil-exporting markets

Central Bank of Bahrain

GCC governments turn to debt Subscription Required

7 July 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Debt issuances welcomed by banking community

Sum of GCC contract awards and Brent crude oil price

Saudi Arabia project awards resilient amid GCC decline Subscription Required

7 July 2015 | By Wil Crisp

GCC first-half contract awards fall by almost a third amid low oil prices

Etihad Rail awards employee housing deal

Transport awards dip as decision making slows in 2015 Subscription Required

7 July 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Project awards value during the first half of 2015 contracts by 36 per cent compared to figures from the same period last year

Corruptioin perception and press freedom in Mena

Tackling the problem of corruption Subscription Required

1 July 2015 | By Dominc Dudley

The region’s policies to weed out malpractice and fraud are rarely seen as effective

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

Oman prepares to borrow to keep project programme on track Subscription Required

29 June 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Sultanate has more than $100bn-worth of schemes in the pipeline, but it needs banks and investors to finance at least part of this sum

Middle East steel usage

Imports depress GCC steel prices Subscription Required

16 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Reduced demand in China has steered its cheaper steel exports into the Middle East

Comment

Jennifer Aguinaldo

The case for private financing Subscription Required

21 July 2015 | By Jennifer Aguinaldo

Fiscal constraints may not be the best reason to turn to PPP but it is the strongest driver yet for its acceptance in the region

Mark Watts

Downstream projects most under threat Subscription Required

4 May 2015 | By Mark Watts

Refining and petrochemicals developments in the region are bearing the brunt of lower oil prices

Mark Watts

No slowdown in Oman oil investment Subscription Required

14 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Oil production still profitable, but sustaining national budget is a concern amid lower crude prices

Colin Foreman

GCC contractors consider bumper Indian budget Subscription Required

5 March 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Competition may subside, but labour costs could increase

Philippa Wilkinson

Oman continues high capital spend Subscription Required

3 March 2015

Key projects will go forward in 2015

Construction

New vision for GCC construction workforce Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

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 Subscription Required

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

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