The Sultanate of Oman begins using biofuel in marine tugs at Sohar Port

By Manal Abdel Fattah

The Sultanate of Oman began using biofuel in marine tug operations at Sohar Port, after receiving the first shipment from several companies to begin the experimental phase.
The port seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 17 percent in line with the Sultanate of Oman’s plan for zero carbon neutrality by 2050, as biofuel is one of the renewable energy sources, and is manufactured locally from cooking oil and is considered an environmentally friendly alternative.

It reduces harmful emissions when burned compared to traditional fossil fuels.

This project embodies the strategy of Sohar Port and Free Zone to promote the circular economy and support economic development in the Sultanate of Oman by maintaining the sustainability of its natural resources.

The project comes within the framework of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology’s efforts, with its strategic partners in the Omani ports, to develop strategic plans with the aim of transitioning to green mobility and achieving zero carbon neutrality in the Sultanate of Oman by 2050.

The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology is currently cooperating with various government agencies in the 18 carbon laboratory initiatives.

In the field of green ports, it has developed a clear road map that includes several projects to reduce emissions, convert equipment to operate with electric power and smart systems, connect ships to electric power, remove carbon from the port sector, and work on Establishing a regional center for supplying ships with clean fuel.

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