Oman Port Ships First Limestone
Port of Duqm in Oman has begun exports of limestone with seven shipments for markets overseas, according to Times of Oman.
Port of Duqm Company (SAOC) is a 50:50 joint venture between a consortium supported by Belgian Antwerp Port and the Omani government.
Under an agreement signed with the government last April, the joint venture was granted a 28-year concession to co-invest, operate, manage and market Duqm Port.
Its construction of a multipurpose terminal, dry bulk terminal and container terminal will be completed by June 2018.
It has already given tenants a levelled, 65 hectare logistics area, and expects infrastructure will be ready soon.
Duqm Port relies upon oil-and-gas-related activity, but it expects to ramp up mining-related activity, as Dolomite, gypsum and limestone are found near to the port.
Erwin Mortelman, Commercial Director at Port of Duqm, said: “We want to bring in more business through the Port of Duqm and have already welcomed navy vessels from USA, UK, China and Japan.
“We are importing cement to satisfy the needs of major construction projects happening in the city as there is no cement factory in Duqm yet. We expect a gradual increase in container traffic in the port.”
Sulaiman Al Shaqsi, Functional Discipline Head of Logistics at PDO, said: “Nearly 40 per cent of PDO materials move through the port of Duqm and we are planning to make this 100 per cent in the next three years.”
In a seperate port project, the government of Oman has announced plans to build an automated container terminal at Sohar Port, capable of handling five million TEUs per year.