SOHAR Port and Freezone, Oman, has partnered with Marafi SOHAR to develop and operate a new high-capacity mineral aggregate terminal at the port.
Oman has been recently experienced rapid growth in the aggregate market, and the partnership looks to develop the countries existing capacity for export.
The project will utilize the existing Bulk terminal No. 25 at SOHAR port and will develop a new stockpile yard, bringing the total area to 200,000sqm.
When completed, the new terminal is expected to have an annual loading capacity of 8 million tonnes.
The development works will be carried out over a 20 month period, during which temporary hybrid solution will be established to allow aggregate export to move freely.
The hybrid solution will be located on terminal 2D with a total area of approximately 100,000sqm, featuring two mobile ship unloaders with a capacity of 750MT/hour.
Mark Geilenkirchen said, “SOHAR is ideally equipped to develop high-capacity aggregate facilities, especially when you consider most of the quarries producing mineral aggregate are in close proximity to the port.
“As a result, the port provides easy access for export and a great opportunity for development.
“We are proud to join hands with such a forward thinking company as Marafi SOHAR, who has a long-term strategy in place to expand their horizons internationally, through business partnerships and relations, with SOHAR as their gateway to the gulf and beyond.”