Al Jifnin fuel storage station to go live next year
Andres Suarez, General Manager at Orpic Logistics said that work on Al Jifnin Station Project in the Governorate of Muscat progresses well as 20 per cent of the construction processes of the project is completed, hopefully the station becomes the largest terminal for the storage and distribution of petroleum products in the Sultanate. Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) signed in January 2014 an agreement to set up Orpic Logistics in partnership with the Spanish Logistica de Hidrocarburos, in order to establish and operate a pipeline to transport multiple oil products in both directions between the refineries of Muscat and Sohar and linked them to a central storage facility in Al Jifnin area in the Governorate of Muscat. Orpic laid the foundation stone in March 2014 for the pipeline and Al Jifnin terminal as part of its efforts to increase infrastructure efficiency in the Sultanate to keep pace with the continued growth of fuel consumption and contribute to improving the environmental aspects and road safety.
The project is divided into four parts that include a 40 km/10-inch pipeline extending from Mina al Fahal Refinery to Al Jifnin Station, 30 km/10-inch pipeline extending from Al Jifnin Station to Muscat International Airport and 220 km/18-inch pipeline extending from Sohar to Al Jifnin Station for filling tankers. The project will use the latest modern control systems using the latest supervisory control, data collection and detection of leaks and techniques of visual communications networks systems, as well as loading ports designed to load more than 500 trucks of fuel per day. Andres Suarez said in a statement to Oman News Agency (ONA) that construction works have started some time ago on the pipeline that connects Sohar refinery plant to Al Jifnin Station, adding that the construction of the pipeline that links the station with Mina al Fahal has started and that the station is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2017. It will contribute, when operating, to provide 50 per cent of the fuel consumed in the Sultanate. He explained that Al Jifnin Station project includes several sections, such storage space for fuel containing 12 reservoirs to store four types of fuel, in addition to a station for the transfer of fuel to Muscat International Airport and 16 outlets that can supply fuel to about 500 trucks a day heading to a number of governorates, such as the Governorates of South Al Batinah, Muscat and Al Dakhiliyah, in addition to water tanks, building for administrative operations, elements of traffic safety devices, automatic fire alarm and surveillance cameras.
He pointed out that Al Jifnin Station, when operated, will reduce fuel tanker traffic on the roads of the Governorate of Muscat by 70 per cent. The number of trucks is expected to be less than 400 trucks per month in 2020, something which will lead to the promotion of road safety in the Sultanate and thus a decrease in the number of accidents and increase the proportion of safety, as well as reducing carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere in the Governorate of Muscat because of the transfer of tons of oil products and enhance the efficiency of the provision of aircraft fuel efficiency and logistics.
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