Sohar Port and Freezone (SOHAR) has announced its membership as the first Middle Eastern member of SEA-LNG, a multi-sector industry coalition created to accelerate the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG), according to Oman Observer.
The investment in SEA-LNG will allow the use of bunkering facilities and the use of LNG as a marine fuel.
Another project for providing LNG to the shipping lines at SOHAR Port is being developed by Marsa LNG, a venture comprising Total SA and OQ.
The sudden increase in demand for LNG instead of traditional marine fuel has been sped up following the implementation of new sulphur emission limits by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) implemented in January.
CEO of Sohar Port, Mark Geilenkirchen, said; “This major LNG Bunkering project will generate in-country value and job opportunities, and will support industry diversification efforts by promoting shipping activities in Oman.”
SOHAR is strategically located outside the Strait of Hormuz and mid-way between Europe and Asia, which means that the Port is ideally placed to become a major LNG bunkering hub in the Middle East.