(EnergyAsia, March 24 2014, Monday) — Germany’s Oiltanking said its Oman joint venture has launched additional pipeline and jetty infrastructure to speed up the handling of oil products at the port and free zone area in Sohar.

Oiltanking Odfjell Terminals Oman (OOTO) has invested US$2.5 million to build and connect a new jetty with other jetties through pipelines delivering clean petroleum products.

The jetty and pipeline connections reduce delivery and jetty usage time, boosting Sohar Port and Freezone’s productivity and Oman’s position in the region’s oil trade.

Not only will it reduce turnaround time for vessels, the new jetty and pipeline infrastructure will enable the terminal to perform more operations at the same time as well as improve safety and product integrity standards, said Oiltanking.

The jetties can also accommodate long-range tankers (LRs) allowing customers to incorporate ship-to-ship-operations between these vessels.

The deepsea Soha Port and Free Zone is located around 200 km northwest of the Omani capital city of Muscat. With investments exceeding US$15 billion, Sohar is being positioned to serve some of the world’s major trade routes between Europe and Asia.

Oiltanking  Odfjell Terminals & Co LLC is a joint venture of Oiltanking Odfjell Oman BV (70%), Oman Oil Company (25%) and an unnamed private investment company (5%). The terminal has a capacity of nearly 1.3 million cubic metres and is served by six deepwater berths.

Oiltanking, a subsidiary of Marquard & Bahls AG, a privately-owned German petroleum company, is the world’s second largest independent provider of storage tanks and services for oil products, chemicals and gases. The company owns and operates 75 terminals in 23 countries with a total storage capacity of 23.1 million cubic metres.

Odfjell, a global leader in transporting chemicals and other specialty bulk liquids, owns and operates a fleet of about 90 ships.