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Cement and bitumen terminals’ construction at Duqm port soon
October 06, 2013 , 9 : 28 am GST
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Reggy Vermeulen. Photo – Times file
: Work on building a cement and bitumen handling terminals will start at the Port of Duqm by the year-end.
Raysut Cement Company (RCC), the Sultanate's largest cement producer, is planning to build the cement handling terminal at Duqm port in partnership with other investors, while bitumen handling terminal is being built by Richmond.
These terminals, which is coming up at the world class 2.25km-long Duqm port, will help import of bulk cement and bitumen — two important materials to support the speedy and cost-effective development of the ambitious special economic zone.
The bitumen plant will have some value addition, through enhancement and blending.
Meanwhile, the port is not waiting for the terminals to be finished and fully operational to attract clients for commencing exports. "We are talking with some potential investors who have been using the port of Duqm for export of minerals, including limestone. Today, with the new cranes and technology, we are able to load and upload limestone and other mineral products from Duqm," said Reggy Vermeulen, commercial director at the Port of Duqm.
"We expect the first export (of mineral) before the end of the year. We are actively negotiating with three main companies, of which two are focusing on limestone," he explained.
Vermeulen also said that till the companies set up facilities for processing, the government may allow some cargo to leave the country in raw form. The government recently said that it would not allow companies to export mineral products in raw form. "The port of Duqm is checking the consignments whether they have the right (to export)."
Vermeulen also said the port is now entering the market not only as a port of project cargo, but also for all related oil materials. "The ongoing requirements of oil field requirements like pipes and chemical products will enter Oman through Duqm port also due to proximity to these oil fields."
Vermeulen also noted that the port would receive three ships a week by November, which is against one vessel per week now.
He also said that a local company is planning to set up a cement manufacturing plant in Duqm, but it may take another three years. Raysut Cement and Oman Cement Company also conducted a joint feasibility study to build another cement plant in Duqm.
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