QPMC to increase delivery capacity to 32mn tonnes

Efforts focused on sourcing huge amount of construction materials the country needs to meet its massive infrastructure development

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The Qatar Primary Materials Company (QPMC) is set to increase its delivery capacity to 32mn tonnes per year from 2016.

QPMC is currently working on its conveyor belt project. Once this work is over, the company's total capacity will go up to 32mn tonnes per annum from the existing 22mn tonnes, Al Sharq reported.

Eisa Al Hammadi, CEO of QPMC, said the company is receiving imported primary construction materials in Mesaied, Lusail and Ras Laffan - Ras Laffan's receiving capacity is expected to increase to 7.5mn tonnes per annum by March 2015.

Hammadi stressed that the efforts are focused on sourcing huge amount of construction materials the country needs to meet its huge infrastructure development, in the run up to the World Cup in 2022.

Currently, the company's major sourcing ports are Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE and the ports in Oman. QPMC is working on to add more countries to its 'supplier list'. To further expand QPMC's receiving capacity, Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) is involved in the construction of a floating jetty. The work is scheduled for completion early next year.

According to the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS), Qatar's construction sector will see a record demand of primary building materials in the coming few years. In the run up to the 2022 World Cup event, the highest projected demand would be limestone, gabbro and spoil removal and disposal (SR&D). The demand for these materials would reach a record peak during 2015-2016.

The MDPS survey shows limestone as the category of material with the highest demand followed by gabbro. The demand for limestone is projected to go up by 127% in 2015.

The demand for cement is expected to increase 108% next year and washed sand's demand will increase by106% in 2015. 

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