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GPS consortium wins Oman oil pipeline deal

GPS consortium wins Oman oil pipeline deal Subscription Required

18 December 2014 | By Mark Watts

Work involves building refined products pipeline linking Muscat and Sohar

Oman budget

Oman State Council approves draft budget Subscription Required

18 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Focus on corporate tax avoidance

Wartsila wins Oman IPP construction deal

Wartsila wins Oman IPP construction deal Subscription Required

15 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Finnish company will build 120MW dual-fired plant in northern Musandam area

Oman

Oman receives bids for cultural complex Subscription Required

15 December 2014 | By Colin Foreman

Six firms submit technical offers

Power transmission in Oman

Abengoa awarded electricity project in Oman Subscription Required

11 December 2014 | By Hossam Abougabal

OETC continue investing in Oman’s electricity

Bahrain and Oman are under the most pressure to cut spending

Projects will suffer if GCC cuts spending, says Moody's Subscription Required

11 December 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Spending on capital projects will be first to see cuts in the face of low oil prices

 given the rising volumes of passengers travelling on the Dubai Metro, the region is beginning to establish a track record that lenders and bankers could use to predict whether project finance debts can be repaid

The Middle East in 2030

10 December 2014 | By Richard Thompson

Take part in MEED’s survey to identify the key trends that will shape the Middle East economy in 2030

Plane

Oman Air pursues expansion plans Subscription Required

7 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Muscat to Manila route inaugurated on 2 December

S&P downgrades Oman outlook

S&P downgrades Oman outlook Subscription Required

7 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Lower oil prices provoke negative outlook but A/A-1 rating remains

Oman prequalifies firms for Liwa Plastics Project

Oman prequalifies firms for Liwa Plastics Project Subscription Required

7 December 2014 | By Mark Watts

More than 30 companies vying for four construction packages on $3.6bn petrochemicals complex

Petrochemicals pipelines

Oman prepares to award key pipeline project Subscription Required

4 December 2014 | By Mark Watts

Client in direct negotiations with contractors after tender breaks down

Road construction

Oman extends bid deadline for Batinah Expressway packages Subscription Required

3 December 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Sultanate has awarded $2.1bn-worth of construction contracts on road project to date

Oman approves road contract awards

Oman approves $702m of road contract awards Subscription Required

3 December 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Tender board gives green light for Adam-Thumrait and Barka-Nakhal carriageways

Oman extends bid deadline for railway contract

Oman extends bid deadline for railway contract Subscription Required

30 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Proposals for first section now due on 18 January 2015

Oman onshore oil block

Indonesian group wins Oman onshore oil block Subscription Required

27 November 2014 | By Mark Watts

MedcoEnergi to carry out six-year exploration programme in south of Oman

Oman prepares for budget cuts

Oman prepares for budget cuts Subscription Required

26 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Budget for 2015 will reduce spending on projects and social programmes

Mining

Savannah Resources invests in Oman copper Subscription Required

20 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Savannah to make $4.6m investment in Al-Thuraya

Acwa Power signs deal to expand Barka desalination capacity

Acwa Power signs deal to expand Barka desalination capacity Subscription Required

20 November 2014 | By Andrew Roscoe

Saudi-led consortium will expand capacity of Barka 1 independent water and power plant

Oman invites bids for Sohar wastewater treatment plant

Oman invites bids for Sohar wastewater treatment plant Subscription Required

20 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Tebodin bids low for supervision services contract

Oman invites bids for Sohar port desalination plant

Oman invites bids for Sohar port desalination plant Subscription Required

20 November 2014 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Prequalified companies bidding for consultancy and construction contracts

Analysis

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

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

Comment

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Why GCC producers are happy to see oil fall

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

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

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

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

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

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