Oman is developing a 230,000 b/d export refinery at Duqm to a tight schedule. Progress on previous projects, and Oman’s tight finances, suggest slippage is likely.

The 50:50 DRPIC refining and petchems joint venture of state Oman Oil Company (OOC) and Kuwaiti downstream-focussed counterpart KPI has lined up contractors to build its planned 230,000 b/d export refinery at Duqm. The plant’s location on the Arabian Sea coast in central Oman is suited to both importing crude oil...