Oman government is planning to appoint a consultant to conduct a feasibility study for building a 260-km-long pipeline that will carry Iranian gas to Oman, which could probably delay the implementation of the project. “[Work for] the feasibility study at the moment is being kicked off. We have not finalised the tender regarding the feasibility study. We need to do the feasibility study first,” Salim Nasser Said Al Aufi, undersecretary of the Ministry of Oil and Gas, told the Times of Oman. The agreement for the purchase of around $ 60 billion worth of natural gas from Iran in the next 25 years, with the project including laying a $ 1 billion gas pipeline to Oman across the Gulf, was signed during the visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Muscat in March. The proposed pipeline would connect the Iranian province of Hormuzgan to Sohar in Oman. The agreement was signed in the aftermath of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed during His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s visit to Tehran from August 25 to August 27, 2013.
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