Oman chooses US energy engineers KBR for debottlenecking contract at LNG export facilities

Wednesday, 15 May 2019
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KBR, the US energy and LNG engineering company, said it was awarded a front-end engineering and design contract by Oman LNG for the debottlenecking of liquefaction facilities at the port of Sur on the Arabian Peninsula.

“This project builds on KBR's extensive track record of developing and implementing LNG projects and providing solutions to complex developments around the world,” said Jay Ibrahim, KBR President for Energy Solution Services.

The Omani facilities export to Japan, South Korea and the spot market and comprise the amalgamated three liquefaction Trains of Oman LNG and Qalhat LNG, now producing more than 10 million tonnes per annum.

The Sultanate has revitalised its LNG production after the Khazzan natural gas discovery by BP and the plants near the port of Sur have been at near nameplate capacity since 2017.

The three Trains had previously suffered from a lack of feed-gas as supplies were diverted to fill domestic gas shortages.

The Omani government allocates Oman LNG feed-gas supplies from various gas fields and the Khazzan field production has ended all resource concerns for the near future.

Houston, Texas-based KBR explained that it would act as an extension to Oman LNG's project team and help manage the overall execution of the debottlenecking efforts, whereby better output can be achieved by fixing inefficiencies, both technical and operational.

“The contract underpins Oman LNG's robust commitment towards knowledge-sharing and boosting staff competency in dealing with such complex projects,” said KBR.

KBR’s Ibrahim said the company was excited to be a part of this important project and to continue to grow and maintain its presence in Oman.

French energy major Total and Oman recently signed an accord for the development of an onshore natural gas block that will provide feed-gas for separate LNG production reserved for LNG fuel for shipping in the Arabian Peninsula.

The deal was signed between Ministry of Oil and Gas of Oman and Total and is linked to the award of exploration licence for onshore Block 12 where there are “significant prospective” gas resources.

Total said it would use its equity gas entitlement as feedstock to develop in Oman a regional hub for LNG bunkering services.

Oman is a major anchorage and stop-over point for tankers and other vessels on trade routes between the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Total has previously outlined plans for its LNG hub project involving a small-scale modular liquefaction plant to be built near the deepwater port of Sohar in the north on the Gulf of Oman.

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