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Orpic Cuts Heavy Fuel Tank Truck Traffic By 70%.

Muscat, Feb 18 (ONA)--- Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) plans a new storage facilities, loading station and a pipeline connecting Mina Al Fahal with Sohar Refineries, according to Orpic press release. Orpic today announced plans for a new (280 km) pipeline near Muscat Expressway connecting Sohar and Muscat Refineries, which will cut the heavy fuel tank truck traffic in the Governorate of Muscat by (70) per cent. The project will increase the storage capacity for Diesel, Petrol and connect the current storage facilities in Sohar and Mina Al Fahal refineries to cope with ever growing demands. Mus'ab bin Abdullah al-Mahrouqi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Orpic said: "The new storage and loading station will reduce the load on the current Mina Al Fahal station, which considered as the main station for loading and distributing fuel in the Sultanate. (70%) of Oman fuel is being distributed from Mina Al Fahal, the rest from Sohar Refineries and Raysut Port. Upon completion of the project, the new station will contribute (50%) of the expected local consumption in the Sultanate to cope with the growing demands while keeping the current stations in operation". Al-Mahrouqi added that with this significant investment, we will remove the need to ship refined products from Sohar to Muscat and then truck them through the city, as we do today. Not only will it bring a new level of efficiency and lower costs to our business, it will reduce the number of fuel tank truck journeys in and around Muscat. He said: "Every driver in Muscat will be pleased to hear of an initiative to remove traffic from the roads. This is just one of the ways in which we are improving all areas of our environmental impact". It is worth mentioning that Orpic has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Spanish CompaEia LogE[degrees]stica de Hidrocarburos (CLH) to benefit from their experience in designing, construction and operating the project. The pre-feasibility study was a result of the expected evolution of oil products' demand in the Sultanate in the future. It provides a solution to increase the efficiency of transportation and distribution logistics. Orpic CEO further said that the implementation of the Muscat - Sohar Pipeline Project will be carried out in three phases; Phase 1: A pipeline connecting the Muscat International Airport and the Mina Al Fahal Refinery by the main storage facility, Phase 2: A pipeline that connects the Mina Al Fahal Refinery and the Sohar Refinery, as well as the construction of an intermediate storage facility in Muscat and Phase 3: The construction of an additional strategic storage facility, which will provide strategic reserves for the Sultanate, allowing (30) days of fuel stocks for the nation. In addition, the new asset could potentially incorporate the existing logistic infrastructure in order to increase the overall efficiency of the distribution of oil products within the Sultanate of Oman. This would ensure that the local demand is fully satisfied, and reduce the number of tankers on the roads, as well as the environmental impact. The establishment of the Muscat - Sohar Pipeline Project is another of Orpic's initiatives to Serve the Sultanate with pride. --- Ends/ KH

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Date:Feb 18, 2013
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