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Salalah Free Zone ... to host an oil refinery worth $2.5bn.

Salalah Free Zone ... to host an oil refinery worth $2.5bn.

$2.5bn refinery to come up in Salalah

August 2019

Oman-based Salalah Free Zone (SFZ) has signed a usufruct agreement for the construction of a refinery project in the sultanate at a total investment of $2.5 billion, said a report.

On completion, the refinery will boast a production capacity of 150,000 barrels per day, reported the Muscat Daily.

The refinery will be instrumental in creating 600 job opportunities and will contribute significantly to the national economy, remarked Ali bin Mohammed Tabuk, the chief executive of SFZ after signing the deal with Salalah Refinery CEO Kent J Kabi.

It will also provide business opportunities to vital sectors, such as services and support services.

The refinery will supply liquid cargo to be handled through Salalah port, making it one of the most important refineries in the Middle East, he added.

During the first six months, a total of 11 usufruct agreements had been signed across Oman involving various fields, including carbonated beverages, food industries, solar panels, two gypsum boards factories, support warehouses for import and export.

In addition the foundation stone was laid for a plant and the Knowledge Academy and a pact was signed to set up a sugar factory, it stated.  

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