Oman’s Sohar Port has joined the multi-sector industry coalition, SEA-LNG to promote its investment in LNG bunkering facilities and the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. MARSA LNG, a venture comprised of TOTAL and OQ, is developing a new LNG liquefaction plant and bunkering facility in the port and this has driven the decision to participate in the alliance.
Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of Sohar Port said: “The establishment of this facility will make Sohar one of the key LNG bunkering facilities on the main shipping trade routes, alongside other strategic ports, many of whom are already SEA-LNG members.”
The MARSA LNG project will see the provision of LNG to shipping lines calling at the Omani port. Welcoming Sohar, Peter Keller, Chairman of SEA-LNG, said; “From our perspective, this is an opportune time to develop LNG capabilities in Oman given the expansive growth of marine activity within the region.”
Due to its location outside the Strait of Hormuz and midway between Europe and Asia, Sohar Port believes it is ideally positioned to become a major LNG bunkering hub in the Middle East.