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Oman roads

Oman awards dual-carriageway Subscription Required

16 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Local firm approved for road construction contract

Oman rail scheme seeks consultant

Oman rail scheme seeks consultant Subscription Required

16 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Construction supervision contract tendered

Oman signs industrial estate contracts

Oman signs industrial estate contracts Subscription Required

15 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

New industrial areas to be ready by end of 2016

Pet plant

Oman to complete Liwa Plastics financing soon Subscription Required

15 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Orpic to speak with banks in May-June to raise capital for $3.6bn petrochemicals project

Hospitality sector

Murray & Roberts joint venture win Oman hotel deal Subscription Required

15 April 2015 | By Colin Foreman

New property will be built at convention centre development

PDO production 2014

PDO raises production target Subscription Required

14 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Oman’s top producer showing few signs of slowdown amid lower oil prices

Gas pipeline

Oman and Iran yet to decide gas pipeline route Subscription Required

14 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Key infrastructure project stuck at pre-design stage; pricing will be left until end of construction

Rig

Only one Oman oil project shelved amid lower prices Subscription Required

14 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Oil and gas minister says field developments will go ahead as planned

Water desalination plant

First contract tendered for Duqm power and water project Subscription Required

9 April 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe , Philippa Wilkinson

Project is being developed by the Centralised Utilities Company

Power lines

Oman considers new power and water projects Subscription Required

9 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

15 per cent jump in peak electricity demand drives capacity expansion

Oman plans solar tender in 2015

Oman plans solar tender in 2015 Subscription Required

7 April 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Data collection at sites under way

Sohar refinery in Oman

Oman tenders coke storage and handling facilities Subscription Required

5 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

Companies given deadline for project in Port of Sohar

Yu Tao

Stable countries key to long-term plans Subscription Required

2 April 2015

China State Construction planning to increase workforce in region if contracts come through

Losses

Bank Nizwa reduces losses in 2014 Subscription Required

29 March 2015 | By Rebecca Spong

Revenues grow at Omani Islamic bank

Reverse osmosis

Oman evaluates IWP prequalification Subscription Required

29 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Client received entries from 12 companies for two desalination projects

Oman signs water purchase agreement

Oman signs water purchase agreement Subscription Required

29 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Singapore firm to develop independent water project

Roads

Oman to tender $1bn road project Subscription Required

26 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson , Colin Foreman

List of prequalified international consortiums finalised

Refinery

UK firm awarded Oman services contract Subscription Required

26 March 2015 | By Mark Watts

Engineering group to provide technical services to refineries and petrochemicals plants

Hospital

Oman tenders New Sultan Qaboos hospital Subscription Required

26 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

16 companies prequalified

Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said

Sultan Qaboos returns to Oman Subscription Required

24 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

The sultan walks off his plane after successful medical treatment

Analysis

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

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

Comment

No sign of slowdown in Oman oil investment

No slowdown in Oman oil investment

14 April 2015 | By Mark Watts

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

The majority of the labourers working on the GCC’s construction sites come from India and other subcontinent countries

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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