Progress on gas pipeline project
By Staff Reporter — MUSCAT: Dec. 29: There has been substantial progress on the preliminary studies for a gas pipeline project between Oman and Iran. Saud bin Ahmad al Bardani, Oman’s Ambassador to Tehran, has been quoted by Irna news agency that the pipeline project will have a significant contribution to the promotion of mutual trade between the two countries. Al Bardani said the lifting of sanctions on Iran will help further boost the country’s trade between the two countries. The ambassador also said that Omani government is ready to develop economic cooperation with Hormuzgan province on oil and gas swap and tourism. He said that more than 80 per cent of executive works for oil and gas swap from Qeshm Island to Sohar have been carried out.
It was earlier reported that contracts have been signed with two Iranian gas companies to study construction of a pipeline for exporting gas to Oman.
In a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed in 2012, Iran and Oman agreed in principle to construct this subsea pipeline. A large part of the gas will be used to satisfy Oman’s domestic demand. Nevertheless, a new plan has been put on agenda to liquefy the gas into LNG and export it to international markets. The Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Company was asked to conduct a study on the offshore section while the study on the onshore section was assigned to Pars Consulting Engineers. The plans include building a pipeline for 200 km from Kuh-e Mubarak in Iran to Sohar Port and an onshore pipeline for 200 km from Rudan region to Kuh-e Mubarak in six months.