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Saudi Arabia is seemingly planning to build an oil port in Yemen

21 August 2018 , 16:07Neftegaz.RU1384

Riyadh, August 21 - Neftegaz.RU. Saudi Arabia may be looking to build an oil port in Yemen’s southeast al-Mahra governorate, where the Saudi-led coalition troops are present, Al Jazeera reported on August 20, quoting sources and a document it has obtained.


A document obtained by Al Jazeera points to Saudi Arabia's intention to develop the port, which would extract and export petroleum. In a letter addressed to the kingdom's ambassador to Yemen, a Saudi-based marine construction company, Huta Marine, thanked the official for trusting the company's capabilities by asking it to present a technical and financial proposal for the design and implementation of the port.


The al-Mahra governorate borders Oman, and the border crossing, as well as the seaport and airport in the governorate, is under the control of the Saudi and UAE coalition, which has been fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen since 2015.


The company added it would arrange to visit the site and carry out necessary fieldwork needed to develop a proposal and construction plan. Reports that previously emerged in Yemen's media revealed Saudi Arabia's alleged intentions to kick-start development projects in al-Mahra, which borders Oman, including the construction of a pipeline that would extend to Saudi to transport its oil.


There have been restrictions and tariffs imposed on imported goods, which come through the al-Mahra border crossing between Yemen and Oman. 70% of imports to Yemen enter from Oman through this key border crossing, which, along with the province's seaport and airport, is under the Saudi-UAE coalition's control.


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