Dr Salim Al Huthaili has been appointed chief executive officer of Duqm Refinery, the multibillion-dollar megaproject taking shape in Oman.

Prior to Duqm Refinery, Al Huthaili, who holds a PhD in engineering from the University of Nottingham, England, served as chief executive officer at Oxea. He joined Oxea in early 2015 as chairman of the supervisory board, later becoming a member of its executive board.

Before joining Oxea, he worked at Oman Oil Company as strategy and performance director for the downstream business. He has also held various roles in Royal Dutch Shell including leading Shell Chemicals Operations in the Middle East.

Commenting on the appointment, chairman of Duqm Refinery's board, Nabil Bourisli, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dr Salim on board. His valued experience in managing regional and global organisations will be a key success factor for driving this strategic partnership”. 

He added: “We are confident that Salim’s proven track record in the industry will contribute significantly to the shareholder’s aspirations to successfully deliver this project and create the intended economic prosperity.”

Duqm Refinery, the $7bn (OMR2.69bn) joint venture megaproject of Oman Oil Company and Kuwait Petroleum Corp, is due to create 800 jobs in the next four years. Eighty percent of these roles are aimed to be filled by nationals as part of Duqm Refinery’s Omanisation focus.