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Sohar Port receives first shipment of marine biofuel

3 Jun 2024

Suhar – Sohar Port received its first shipment of biofuel to begin the experimental phase of using this fuel in tug and barge operations in cooperation with three companies: Svitzer, Woqod, and Hormuz Marine Company.

Through these operations, Sohar Port seeks to cut down greenhouse gas emissions by 17%, in line with Oman’s plan for carbon neutrality by 2050.

Biofuel constitutes one of the renewable energy sources. It is produced locally from cooking oil and serves as an environmentally friendly alternative.

The move to use biofuel spearheads the strategy of Sohar Port and Freezone to promote the circular economy. It supports economic development in Oman by maintaining the sustainability of its natural resources.

Emile Hoogsteden, CEO of Sohar Port, said that the use of biofuels will significantly contribute to reducing the level of harmful emissions. He pointed out that this project is an example to be emulated in the region and beyond.

The project is an outcome of efforts undertaken by the Ministry of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology and its strategic partners in the Omani ports to develop strategic plans with the aim of transitioning to green mobility and achieving carbon neutrality in Oman by 2050.

The ministry is joining hands with other government units to implement 18 carbon laboratory initiatives in the field of green ports. It devised a roadmap for projects to reduce emissions, modify equipment to operate with electric power and smart systems, connect ships to sources of electric power, and remove carbon from the ports sector. The strategy also envisages the establishment of a regional center for supplying vessels with clean fuel.

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