Muscat: As many as 21 licences for commercial filling stations have been issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in 2015, taking the total number to 542 in various governorates and wilayats of the Sultanate. This is against the combined filling station network of three oil marketing companies — Oman Oil, Shell and Al Maha – at 521 in 2014.
Muscat and Batinah North Governorates topped the list in terms of construction of fuel stations with 130 and 91 respectively. Dakhiliyyah Governorate had 57 stations, Dhofar 56, Batinah South 46, Sharqiyyah South 39, Sharqiyyah North 36, Dhahirah 29, Wusta 29, and Buraimi 19 while Musandam had 10 stations. This is an indicator of the economic development witnessed by all governorates of the Sultanate, the ministry said.
The temporary licences for fuel stations under implementation in all the governorates of the Sultanate in 2015 totaled 29 while the Ministry of Commerce and Industry issued the same number of forms pending approval of the relevant authorities during the same year.
The licences for commercial filling stations granted by the ministry in 2015 in various governorates of the were 21 — seven in Muscat, three in Dhofar, three in Dakhiliyyah, two in Batinah North, two in Wusta and one in each of Batinah South, Sharqiyyah North, Sharqiyyah and Dhahirah.
The number of licences of private filling stations currently under construction has reached 18 — two of Shell Oman Marketing Company, 12 of Oman Oil Marketing Company and four of the Omani Al Maha Petroleum Products Marketing Company.