French multinational integrated oil and gas company Total intends to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker supply business at Sohar port in Oman, it says.
The company Sunday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Oman to develop the country’s natural gas resources.
“We are pleased to sign this MoU with the Sultanate of Oman that will give us access to new gas resources and the opportunity to develop an integrated gas project,” stated Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production at Total.
“We will bring our expertise in LNG and will introduce access to a new gas market for the Sultanate.
“Developing an LNG bunkering service will generate in-country value and job opportunities, and will support industry diversification through fostering the shipping activity in Oman.”
Total has a 25% share of the natural gas discoveries located in the Greater Barik area on onshore Block 6, while Shell occupies the remaining 75%.
Total notes it will use its equity gas entitlement as feedstock to develop a regional hub for LNG bunkering service in Oman to supply LNG as a fuel to marine vessels.
This will be achieved by building a new small-scale modular liquefaction plant in Sohar port.
The plant will comprise a train of around 1 million tonnes (Mt) per year and will offer the flexibility for expansion as required by the development of the LNG bunkering market.
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Published: 14 May, 2018
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