Sohar-Muscat pipeline takes shape

11 October 2002

The local Sohar Refinery Company (SRC)is evaluating studies to build a 200-kilometre-long mixed feedstock pipeline from Mina al-Fahal, near Muscat, to Sohar. The pipeline is intended to supply the 125,000-barrel-a-day refinery planned to be built at Sohar (see Special Report).

The UK's Mott MacDonaldhas completed the initial conceptual studies for the project. Its report covers six separate proposals incorporating a number of route variations, pump station options, optimal pipeline diameters and operation and investment costs. The pipeline will transport a mixture of crude oil for refining and long residues for cracking into ethylene (see Petrochemicals).

The next stage in the project will be the appointment of a consultant to draw up front-end engineering and design (FEED) studies. This will be followed by a tender for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) package. Total project costs are estimated at $200 million.

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