Qatar: Looming shortages spurs quarries purchase

Qatar is ensuring that the multitude of construction projects on the cards and in progress will not be affected by a materials shortage.

Limestone: a key construction staple.
Limestone: a key construction staple.

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In light of the construction boom and materials bottlenecks, Qatar Primary Materials Company (QMPC) is looking to acquire quarries in the UAE and Oman.

The company is also set to own a number of barges to create an efficient water transport system for goods around the peninsula, in an effort to reduce reliance on road transport.

"Qatar's long-term demand for aggregates is projected to 30 million tonnes per year. The demand for primary materials is set to pick up in the coming years... we are in the process of acquiring both grabbo and limestone quarries in the UAE and OMAN," said Navjot Singh, QPMC director of operations.

The company is looking to purcahse 12 to 15 barges and tugs to ferry aggregates.

"Material availability, consistent logical pricing and efficient supply chain management is the key to the solution. This can only be achieved through creating state-owned assets across the supply chain for 40% of the countries' long term need for materials. We are creating a strategic materials stockpile," said Singh.

Price escalation is taking place in tandem with demand. The freight on board (FOB) price of aggregates has jumped from QAR24 per tonne to QAR33 per tonne in a year, reports The Peninsula.



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