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Total signs MoU in Oman

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Total has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Oman to develop natural gas resources in the country.

This MoU covers both upstream and downstream businesses.

Total and Shell as operator will develop several natural gas discoveries located in the Greater Barik area on onshore Block 6 with respective shares of 25% and 75%, as per the agreement between both companies and before possible State back-in, with the objective of an initial gas production of approximately 500 million ft3/d and a potential to reach 1 billion ft3/d at a later stage.

Total will use its equity gas entitlement as feedstock to develop a regional hub for LNG bunkering service in Oman, which will supply LNG as a fuel to marine vessels. This will be achieved thanks to a new small scale modular liquefaction plant to be built in Sohar port. The plant will comprise a train of approximately 1 million tpy and will offer the flexibility for expansion as required by the development of the LNG bunkering market.

Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration and Production at Total, said: “We are pleased to sign this MoU with the Sultanate of Oman that will give us access to new gas resources and the opportunity to develop an integrated gas project […] We will bring our expertise in LNG and will introduce access to a new gas market for the Sultanate. Developing an LNG bunkering service will generate in-country value and job opportunities, and will support industry diversification through fostering the shipping activity in Oman.”

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