Oman port to add two new materials terminals

Port of Duqm to build two new bases to import cement and bitumen

NEWS, Business, Bitumen, Cement, Oman, Port expansion

A pair of new terminals are set to be built at the Port of Duqm on the central Al Wusta province of Oman.

The terminals will be built to provide an import base for cement and bitumen, a port official told the Oman Daily Observer.

Reggy Vermeulen, who is the Port of Duqm's commercial director, said: "We are finalising negotiations with a well-known Omani cement manufacturer for the development of a cement import terminal on the quayside at Duqm Port.

“At the same time, we are in discussion with one of the world’s leading producers of bitumen for the establishment of an import base for bitumen within the port," he added.

"Both facilities will contribute to a dramatic reduction in the local cost of these strategic commodities in the Duqm SEZ (Special Economic Zone), as well as significantly reduce the construction cost of projects involving the use of these commodities." 

The cement terminal would have a capacity to handle around 150,000 tonnes a year and would be built at a site along the port's quay wall. It would be linked by pipelines and conveyors to a nearby 4-hectare plot to be used by the cement firm.

Mr Vermeulen said the project was distinct from plans by another firm to build a manufacturing plant in the area - some of which would be earmarked for export.

The bitumen terminal would provide raw material for a number of major road projects planned for the area. 

Both terminals are set to be buil and operational by the end of next year.

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