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Oman plans to import LNG and coal at Duqm

The rapidly developing industrial zone at Oman’s Duqm port may prompt the country to start importing LNG and coal The rapidly developing industrial zone at Oman’s Duqm port may prompt the country to start importing LNG and coal.
By Verity Ratcliffe 16 May 2017 0 25913
A rig in the Khazzan gas field. Phase 1 of the project will boost Oman’s gas output by 30%. (BP plc)

As a long-time exporter of LNG, Oman’s plan to import LNG and coal at the port of Duqm on the Arabian Sea may seem odd. However, the move is being driven by the need to supply energy to the isolated port’s rapidly developing industrial zone rather than a lack of gas.

Oman has developed and is expanding energy-intensive industries at its main ports, including Duqm. Duqm’s electricity needs are currently met by diesel-fuelled generators as the port is not connected to the main gas network, which...