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Shrimp, sea cucumber farm coming up in Muscat


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Muscat: The Omani and Singaporean partners behind a $120 million project to build an integrated shrimp and sea cucumber farm and township in Oman have chosen China Wuyi Company as contractor for the project.

To be located in Qurum across 500 hectares, the project is owned by Arabian Marine Development, a joint venture between Arabian Marine Development, Bank Sohar and Singapore's Lim Shrimp Organisation, the 'Undercurrent News' reported in its website.

Lim Shrimp is also the manager and operator of the project, dubbed Qurun Aquapolis.

China Wuyi is listed on China's Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The contract, signed more than a month ago, represents a value of $69.45 million, said the company.

Under the agreement, China Wuyi will build the ponds, irrigation system, staff housing, administration buildings, processing plant, cold storage, feed mills, hatchery, pumping station, executive housing, farm stores, warehouse, social facilities, sporting facilities, landscape, guard house, waste water treatment, and other amenities.

It has a timeline of 21 months, including three for mobilisation, and 18 for construction. The farm will be an integrated aquaculture site and township, said the company.

"This farm will be a self-contained facility with desalination plant, processing plant, cold storage, waste water treatment, incinerator plant for rubbish, feed mills, hatchery for shrimp and sea cucumber, staff housing, executive housing, administrative center, social facilities, sport center, religious facilities, and other supporting amenities," it said.

"This farm will operate to transfer high tech aquaculture technology to the local [market] within five years." Its produce will be processed and exported to the Gulf countries, the European Union and Japan.

The farm expects to produce around 4,000 tonnes of shrimp and 2,000 tonnes of wet sea cucumber annually.

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