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July 2018

Aggregate terminal for Sohar Port

Oman-based Marafi, an Aysad Group subsidiary, and Qatar’s Dolphin Integrated have signed a shareholders’ agreement to develop an aggregate terminal at Sohar Port, a media report said.

The proposed terminal with a loading capacity of approximately 8 million tonnes per year will enable large-volume export of gabbro, a coarse-grained rock used in asphalt and other minerals, reported  the Muscat Daily.

The project will be developed in two phases. The hybrid phase will facilitate aggregate exports by the end of 2018, and the permanent phase equipped with state-of-the-art stacker-reclaimer system, conveyor and semi-automated ship loaders will be commissioned in 2020. The terminal capacity will be increased after the completion of the permanent phase to 12 million tonnes per annum, the report said.


Bids invited for fisheries port

The Duqm Special Economic Zone Authority (Sezad) has invited tenders from leading consultants for the design and construction of onshore facilities and associated infrastructure for a fishery port in the Duqm region of Oman.

The all-weather fishery port suitable for traditional dhows, coastal fleet and big-scale fishing vessels has been proposed to be built at Shuwayr, which is to the south of the commercial port of Duqm. The project is part of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ fisheries sector development programme.

Sezad had recently signed various memorandums of understanding with a number of Omani companies to develop a fisheries hub in Duqm, including processing, laboratories, logistics and other support facilities.

The last date for submitting the tenders is July 4.


PDO to develop geological park

Oman’s Ministry of  Tourism has joined hands with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) to set up a geological park in the Al Wusta governorate of the sultanate, given its natural biodiversity and geological diversity, said a report.

The agreement comes as part of the ministry’s sustainable tourism development activities in Al Huqf Nature Reserve, reported the Oman Observer.

The upcoming Neoglacial Park will include a number of geological activities, such as geological education tracks, and activities related to cultural, social and environmental heritage, stated the report.

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