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S. Korea, Oman agree to deepen ties on energy, new industries

All News 11:00 October 20, 2022

SEOUL, Oct. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and Oman agreed Thursday to boost cooperation on energy and in new industry fields to ensure stable energy supply chains, the trade ministry here said.

The consensus was reached during a meeting between Trade Minister Ahn Duk-geun and Khalifa bin ali Al Harthy, undersecretary of the Middle Eastern nation's foreign ministry, in Seoul, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.

The officials shared the need to secure stable energy supplies through joint efforts amid growing uncertainties in the global market, particularly as natural gas accounts for about 80 percent of total trade between the two nations.

In 2021, Oman was the fourth-largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplier to South Korea, accounting for 9.6 percent of Seoul's total LNG imports. South Korea was Oman's No. 1 LNG buyer, taking up 44.2 percent of Oman's total gas exports.

"They also agreed to expand cooperation further to renewable energy, green hydrogen and other new sectors," the ministry said in a release.

During the meeting, Ahn noted that South Korean companies have taken part in various development projects in Oman, including the Duqm refinery project, and voiced hope for continued contribution to the development of the Middle Eastern nation.

He also proposed holding a joint economic committee meeting at an early date to discuss detailed ways to boost investment and energy cooperation, the ministry said.

During the first nine months of this year, bilateral trade came to US$4.47 billion, far higher than the $3.39 billion for the whole year of 2021, government data showed.

This file photo, provided by South Korea's Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, shows Minister Lee Chang-yang (R) posing for a photo with Oman's Minister of Energy and Minerals Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi ahead of their talks in Seoul on Sept. 5, 2022. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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