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Spanish firm wins OQ gas pipeline contract

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BUSINESS REPORTER


MUSCAT, FEB 21


Spanish infrastructure and energy group Elecnor has announced that it has been awarded a contract valued at around RO 32 million (72.5 million euros) for the construction of a 210-km gas pipeline for OQ Group in the southern part of the Sultanate of Oman.


Madrid-based Elecnor said the contract represents the group’s maiden foray into the energy transportation sector in the Sultanate of Oman, which is looking to expand its gas transportation network in the southern region of the country in order to meet the expected increase in demand during the period 2022 to 2030. The project is being carried out in the area surrounding the town of Salalah, it said in a press statement.


“As well as the gas pipeline construction, work will be carried out on the connections to the existing parallel pipelines, as well as work related to teleprocessing and detection of leaks. The design of this strategic infrastructure will mean that the gas pipeline can automatically function without interruption, under constant supervision by the OQ control centre,” it stated.


The project will be carried out in a consortium with GPS, a local company, and will directly involve 850 employees, said Elecnor, pointing out that the project is due for completion in mid-2023.


“The construction of this gas pipeline in Oman will consolidate the course that Elecnor has been taking in the Sultanate since 2015, when it entered the market with the Qurayyat Tie-in EPC project for water transmission. Later on, in 2016, the construction of a photovoltaic solar power plant was awarded, the 9 MW plant called PSP Mina Al Fahal. In this country in 2020, Elecnor was awarded one of the greatest developments for conveying and supplying water that Oman has implemented to date, valued at EUR 192 million,” the Spanish firm added.


Elecnor specializes in infrastructure, renewable energy, services and new technologies industries. With a presence in 55 countries, Elecnor Group focuses on different industries spanning electricity, gas, industrial plants, railways, telecommunications, water, control systems, construction, the environment and installation maintenance to aerospace engineering. In 2020, the company reported revenues of 2,456 million euros and a consolidated net profit of 78.3 million euros.


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