Oman Inaugurates OOMCO Marine Bunker Fuel Terminal

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Oman inaugurated on Sunday the Oman Oil Marketing Company (OOMCO) Marine bunker fuel terminal worth OMR11 million at the Port of Duqm, reports Asharq-Al-Awsat.

OOMCO Marine is the bunker arm of OOMCO SAOG

Located in the Duqm Special Economic Zone (SEZAD), the terminal will supply the full range of bunker fuel to ships at the port and port anchorage.

The project will contribute to further positioning Oman as a world-class logistics and shipping hub.

According to Oman’s News Agency (ONA), it is one of the projects announced by the Oman Investment Authority, as part of the 52nd National Day celebrations.

Hilal al-Kharusi, Chairman of OOMCO said, “Inaugurating the OOMCO Marine bunker fuel terminal at the Port of Duqm further strengthens Oman’s position as a world-class logistics and shipping hub, in line with the objectives laid out in Oman’s Vision 2040.”

“Our now fully operational terminal contributes to economic growth and diversification in Oman, while capitalizing on its strategic position near established global trade routes.”

The terminal is expected to meet the increasing demands for high-quality and sustainable marine fuels, including the highest specification compliant HSFO, VLSFO and LSMGO marine fuel to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 8217, as well as all low sulphur fuel-compliant marine fuels, in line with International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Decarbonization targets.

Bunkers will be delivered by a port based bunker barge and also directly by road truck, with the bunker barge capable of supplying VLSFO 0.5% Sulphur and LSMGO bunker fuels to vessels in the port and at anchorage, at a pumping rate of up to 1,000 meter cubed per hour.

OOMCO’s bunkering services are underpinned by the nearby Duqm refinery.

Owing to its strategic location on Oman’s south-east coast and its close proximity to significant shipping traffic accessing the Suez Canal, Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean, the inaugurated quality and eco-efficient marine fuel terminal aims to serve the international shipping market.

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Source: Asharq-Al-Awsat


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