Sanvira Carbon breaks ground on coke calcining facility in Oman's SFZ
The plant will also feature a power plant able to produce up to 24MW of electricity through internally generated steam
The foundation stone of Sanvira Carbon’s petroleum coke calcining facility was laid at the company’s site in Oman’s Sohar Free Zone (SFZ) under the patronage of the nation’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy.
The project by Sanvira Carbon – which is a joint venture between Oman National Investments Development Company (TANMIA), Sanvira Industries Limited, and United Business Trading – will be commissioned in June 2021 and will generate more than 140 direct job opportunities, according to the state-run Oman News Agency.
In addition, the firm will also train and qualify fresh graduates through a training program at the Sanvira Industries Limited’s facility in India.
The company also aims to generate indirect employment, and will collaborate with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for logistics and other support services.
Once the first phase is complete, the project will be able to produce 500,000MT of calcined petroleum coke per year, which will cater to Oman’s aluminum industry, amongst others in the region.
The plant will also feature a power plant capable of producing up to 24MW of electricity through internally generated steam.
The project is in line with the Oman’s objectives to develop its manufacturing sector – one of the key sectors targeted in the National Program for Enhancing Economic Diversification “Tanfeedh”.
Commenting on the project, the chief executive officer of TANMIA, Sheikh Rashid bin Saif Al Saadi, said: “The Project contributes significantly to the value chain of Oman’s petrochemical and aluminum industries with the aim of transferring technology and generation of local employment.”
The managing director of United Business Trading, Said bin Salim Al Hajri, said: “The project will bring significant value to Oman through the conversion of low-value green petroleum coke, which is produced from local and global oil refineries, into a higher value calcined petroleum coke.”