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Wastewater

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

Pipeline

Oman tenders design of new pipeline at Muscat refinery Subscription Required

22 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Project will replace long residue pipelines to Petroleum Development Oman tank farm

MAN Diesel wins refinery maintenance contract in Oman

MAN Diesel wins refinery maintenance contract in Oman Subscription Required

21 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

German group awarded deal at sultanate’s largest oil refinery

Water desalination plant

Oman invites bids for temporary water projects Subscription Required

18 June 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Desalination services required at two sites

Tight gas

Omani groups awarded two pipeline packages at Khazzan Subscription Required

17 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

Toco and GPS win contracts to install gas and condensate export pipelines at gas development

Oil well

Petrofac wins $900m Yibal Khuff deal Subscription Required

15 June 2015 | By Mark Watts

British group will handle engineering and procurement at Oman field development

Power plant

Oman power IPO hugely oversubscribed Subscription Required

15 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Phoenix Power shares to begin trading on 22 June

Infrastructure

Islamic Development Bank raises sukuk ceiling Subscription Required

14 June 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Bank will issue up to $25bn in sukuk

Etihad Rail awards employee housing deal

GCC rail in doubt after UAE drops Oman link Subscription Required

11 June 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Phase 2 of Etihad Rail has been retendered

Desalination

Oman sets August deadline for two IWPs Subscription Required

11 June 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Eight international consortiums have been prequalified for the tender

Desalination plant

Oman prequalifies eight for next IWPs Subscription Required

10 June 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Projects will have a combined capacity of more than 500,000 cubic metres a day

Analysis

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

Top 100 projects by sector Q1 2015

Biggest projects by country, Q1 2015 Subscription Required

14 May 2015 | By Robert Jones

The biggest contract awards listed by value

US oil production

The impact of US shale oil on the Middle East Subscription Required

6 April 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Cheaper production could spell disaster for many of the region’s conventional oil fields

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

Comment

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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