Total has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Oman to develop natural gas resources in Oman. The MoU covers both upstream and downstream businesses.
Total and operator Shell will develop natural gas discoveries located in the Greater Barik area on onshore Block 6 with respective shares of 25% and 75%.
The objective is for an initial gas production of around 500m3 feet/day with the potential to reach 1b3feet/day at a later stage.
A small-scale modular liquefaction plant will be built in the Sohar port to produce LNG as a marine fuel. Approximately 1 Mt per year is expected to be produced and will offer the flexibility for expansion as required by the development of the LNG bunkering market.
Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & 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.”