MUSCAT, Oman, Orpic Logistics Company, officially inaugurated one of its strategic growth projects, the Muscat Sohar Product Pipeline (MSPP) and the main fuel terminal, in Jifnain, in Seeb.

The company is a joint venture between Orpic and Spanish firm, CompaAia Logistica de Hidrocarburos (CLH).

The project was inaugurated under the auspices of Gen Sultan bin Mohammed al Nu’amani, Minister of Royal Office, in the presence of ministers, members of the Board of Directors of Orpic, representatives of the State Council, Majlis A’Shura, and other business leaders.

Sultan bin Salim al Habsi, deputy chairman of the Board of Governors of the Central Bank of Oman, and deputy chairman of Orpic Board of Directors, said, We are proud to witness the inauguration of one of the three important strategic growth projects undertaken by Orpic. The project comes in response to the strategic objectives set by the government, for developing oil products logistics solutions in the sultanate, and to meet the rapidly growing demand for fuel.

He added, the US$336-million project will help to deliver more than 50 percent of Oman’s fuel, via the state-of-the-art storage facility in Jifnain. In addition to meeting the domestic demand, this project helps to reduce pollution by reducing truck movements in Muscat by 70 percent.

Ahmed Saleh al Jahdhami, CEO, Orpic, hailed the pipeline and the terminal project. The project offers social, economic and environmental benefits, including improved road safety, efficient fuel supply, and reduced pollution. On the in-country value (ICV) front, MSPP has contributed US$149 million to Omani local purchases and SMEs, representing 44 percent of the total project cost.

The chief executive officer of CLH said, The project is a landmark in the history of our company and we believe it will open the door to new opportunities.

MSPP and Jifnain Terminal, feature a 290 km pipeline, connected by three pipeline network, including a 10-inch multi-product pipeline of 45 km length from Mina al Fahal Refinery to the terminal. The second pipeline is an 18-inch multi-product pipeline of 220 km from Sohar Refinery to the terminal.

The third one is a 10-inch dedicated pipeline for jet fuel of 25-km length, from the terminal to the new Muscat airport. This pipeline helps to pump jet fuel directly from the terminal to the airport, without requiring tanker trucks.