20 May, 2024

$23mln polymer plant partnership signed in Oman

OQ, the global integrated energy group signed a strategic partnership with a leading manufacturer, Multibond Metal, to establish a manufacturing facility at its Ladayn Polymer Park in Sohar Industrial Estate. Valued at $23 million, this first-of-its-kind project in the Middle East, will focus on producing advanced polymer solutions for heat resistance and surface protection. The partnership aligns with OQ's commitment to develop polymer-based industries by attracting direct foreign investment to Oman and enriching the nation's industrial sector with products that promote self-sufficiency and export opportunities. The new facility underscores the country's commitment to fostering a thriving manufacturing ecosystem. Multibond Metal's integrated production process, covering the entire spectrum from raw materials to finished products, epitomises the park's dedication to excellence and innovation.

16 May, 2024

Agreement signed for construction of worlds largest subsea cable system in Oman

Ooredoo Oman, an Ooredoo Group company, has signed an agreement for the landing of the 2Africa Cable System in Barka and Salalah. This agreement marks the most extensive subsea cable system landing in the Oman to date. The 2Africa Cable System, spanning 45,000km, will be the largest subsea cable system in the world. Upon completion, it will impact over 3bn people in 33 countries on three continents, Africa, Asia, and Europe. The 2Africa consortium consists of Bayobab, center3, China Mobile International, Meta, Orange, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone Group, and WIOCC, while Alcatel Submarine Networks is handling the manufacturing and installation of the cable. The selected gateways for these landings are Salalah, emerging as a major new submarine cable landing hub in the southern part of Oman, and Barka, situated near Muscat. Ooredoo Oman will undertake the development of a completely new build landing infrastructure for both Barka and Salalah, with a commitment to its maintenance in the coming decades. This new infrastructure will be entirely different from any other submarine cable system currently landing in Oman, ensuring robust connectivity and access for all operators in the country.

16 May, 2024

Green hydrogen project poised to be under concept stage in Oman

Energy major BP is currently focused on assessing the solar and wind resources of a land block awarded by the Omani government in June, 2023, for the development of green hydrogen. BP Oman signed a project development and land use agreement with Hydrom - the orchestrator of Oman's green hydrogen sector - for a potential 150,000 tonnes a year green hydrogen project near Duqm in Oman's Al Wusta Governorate in June, 2023. The project is currently in the concept development stage. The progress of data collection campaign using LiDARs (light detection and ranging devices), solar stations and met masts is contiuned to be monitored.

13 May, 2024

Agreement signed to establish ceramic tiles factory in Oman

Suhar Industrial City signed a cooperation agreement with the Middle East Calcined Clay LLC to establish a specialised factory for the production of Omani ceramic tiles at a total cost of RO 5.4 million on a 45,000 square metres area. The factory is part of the innovation project in the mining sector, supervised and funded by the Ministry of Energy and Minerals. The Industrial Innovation Academy conducts laboratory analyses, market studies, and practical product experiments by restoring forts, citadels, and historical landmarks, which have proven the efficiency and suitability of the product for commercial production in collaboration with the Ministry of Heritage and Tourism. The factory will meet local demand and supply international markets with this product in light of the global trend towards the preservation of historical landmarks, which constitute an economic resource in advanced countries. The academy played a crucial role in developing this product by reviewing the best global practices to come up with a formula that suits the purposes of restoration and other construction works. The factory will meet local demand and supply international markets with this product in light of the global trend towards the preservation of historical landmarks, which constitute an economic resource in advanced countries. The academy played a crucial role in developing this product by reviewing the best global practices to come up with a formula that suits the purposes of restoration and other construction works. The factory has a modern laboratory for sample testing and quality control, and initial production operations are expected to start in the first quarter of 2025, providing job opportunities for national workforce and contributing to achieving goals in the national zero-emission programme through its highly-efficient specifications to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

9 May, 2024

Contract awarded expected for lighthouse project in Oman

Oman's Ministry of Transport Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT) is expected to award the design and supervision consultancy services contract for its Ra's Al Hadd Lighthouse project at South Al Sharqiyya Governorate by the third quarter of 2024. The design and supervision consultancy tender was issued on 1 May 2024 and the bid submission date is 11 June 2024. The pre-bid clarification end date is scheduled on 25 May 2024. The contract is expected to be awarded by September 2024. The prequalified bidders list include AZD Engineering Consultancy, Tusker Engineering Consultancy Services Group, Advanced Engineering Consultants, Meridian Engineering & Consultancy, Osamah Ahmed Al Baraami Engineering Consultants, and Modon Engineering Consultancy.
The project scope of work involves the design and construction supervision of Lighthouse project. The consultant's scope of work includes Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study, which includes the appropriate location and area for implementing the project, in addition to any impacts on the reserve and the life of turtles in the region for all stages of the project, and obtaining the necessary Environmental approvals, conducting Geo-technical study and submit three quotations. The chosen quotations must be approved by MTCIT. The design scope covers detailed drawings, general and specific specifications for that design, in addition to architectural, structural, civil, electrical and mechanical plans and obtaining approvals from the relevant authorities, prepare tender documents for the contractor, including quantity survey, schedules, general and special specifications, to conduct technical and financial analysis of the bidders.
The consultant has to supervise the project according to the time period agreed upon by the contractor and mandatorily propose designs for 5 lighthouses with MITCIT having the option to approve it. The project is expected to be completed by March 2026, estimate of the project cost is $40 million.

9 May, 2024

Agreement signed for establish of central sorting unit in Oman

Silal signed an agreement with Masaco Trading Est for the establishment of a Central Sorting Unit on a 3,500 m2 area within the central market. Muscat-based Masaco is a leading wholesale distributor of premium fruits, vegetables, and eggs based in Oman. Established in 1974, the company specializes in the identification, elimination, reduction, substitution or control of significant quality and other operational risks. Silal announced the signing of an agreement with leading hypermarket chain LuLu Hypermarket for the establishment of a central refrigerated warehouse covering an area of 6,000 m2. LuLu Hypermarket, the retail division of multinational LuLu Group International, operates more than 260 stores across the Gulf region.

9 May, 2024

Multiple orders won to built gas insulated substation in Oman

The Power Transmission & Distribution (PT&D) business of Larsen & Toubro has won multiple orders in Gulf countries which stand testimony to its dominant position in the region's clean energy space. The business has secured an order in the State of Kuwait to build a 400kV Gas Insulated Substation. This substation will be instrumental in powering the residential clusters being developed as part of South Sabah Al-Ahmad City project.
The Sultanate of Oman is integrating its multiple standalone electricity networks into a 400 kV national grid. As part of the interconnection and grid strengthening, PT&D has received orders to build a 400 kV Overhead Transmission Line and two 400 kV Grid Stations. Then, in the United Arab Emirates, the business has secured orders to construct two 132 kV Substations with associated works.

9 May, 2024

OMR8 million three new pacts signed in Oman

Samail Industrial City signed three new investment contracts to localise projects in the fields of water desalination, building materials, and plastics, with a total investment value exceeding OMR8 million. The three projects will cover a total area of approximately 50,000 sqm. The new projects aim to generate job opportunities for national cadres and supply both local and international markets with top-notch products manufactured utilising cutting-edge technologies, thereby boosting the national economy.
The first agreement was signed with Tasnee Metal Company to set up a project for manufacturing water treatment and desalination equipment on a plot covering 10,045 sqm with an investment of OMR4,850,000. The second contract was signed with Prism Global Company, to establish a project focusing on the manufacturing of gypsum, cement and adhesives on a 19,865 sqm area and with an investment of OMR1,800,000. Further, the third agreement with Future for Plastic Industries involves establishing a project for manufacturing plastic and rubber products. With an investment of OMR1,400,000, this project will be located on a land area of 20,000 sqm.

7 May, 2024

Deal signed to establish new beverages plant in Oman

Samail Industrial City, pertaining to the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn), has signed an investment agreement with Al Khayal Business and Investment Company to establish a manufacturing plant for beverages, juices and soft drinks. The project is planned to be implemented on a total area of 5,000 sqm, involving an investment of RO16mn for phases 1 and phase 2 of the project.

6 May, 2024

€32mn new gateway facility will be built in Oman

DHL Express celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony of its new state-of-the-art gateway facility at the Muscat International Airport on 5th May 2024. The ceremony marked a significant milestone in DHL's commitment to strengthening its footprint and service offerings in Oman. The new facility, representing an investment of more than €30mn (approximately RO12.4mn) over 20 years, will serve as a comprehensive logistics hub encompassing a service centre, gateway for import and export shipments, customs clearance capabilities, and a dedicated country office for DHL Express Oman
Spanning a plot size of 12,621 sqm and featuring an expansive built-up area of 8,074 sqm, the new gateway will cater to the growing needs of over 4,200 DHL customers in Oman. It will boast a processing capacity of 2,400 shipments per hour, ensuring fast and efficient handling of both domestic and international shipments. The new DHL Express Gateway will be equipped with several cutting-edge features to ascertain efficient operations. At its core lies an intelligent countrywide distribution centre featuring an intelligent bi-directional conveyor system that can seamlessly process up to 3,000 shipments per hour. In-house customs clearance, bonded storage, and a direct vehicle loading facility will further streamline processing, while a logistics fulfilment and storage centre will offer tailored solutions for select customers. The new gateway will incorporate sustainable features like solar power generation, energy-efficient lighting, and state-of-the-art climate control systems.

3 May, 2024

44.5 hectares area occupied for first LNG bunkering project in Oman

Sohar Port and Freezone has signed a sub-usufruct agreement with Marsa LNG LLC, a joint venture between TotalEnergies EP Oman Development BV and OQ, for the development of an LNG liquefaction plant in Sohar Port. This project is set to significantly reduce the industry's carbon footprint, advance Sohar as a forerunner in the global green energy revolution and establish Sohar Port as the first LNG bunkering hub in the region. The LNG bunkering project boasts a distinct commitment to sustainability as the first of its kind powered by 100% solar electricity, reiterating its status as a beacon of renewable energy innovation. With a total investment of $1.6 billion and an expansive land area spanning 44.5 hectares, this transformative project epitomizes the region's bold vision for a greener, more sustainable future. The agreement between Sohar Port and Marsa Liquefied Natural Gas LLC represents a strategic step towards achieving Oman's Vision 2040, reinforcing the country's commitment to sustainable development and enhancing the maritime sector.

3 May, 2024

12-school project awarded in Oman

Oman has awarded a project to build 12 schools in various parts of the Gulf country with a value of around 20.9 million Omani rials ($54  million).

2 May, 2024

Construction work underway for infrastructure project in Oman

Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) has announced that work is moving at a steady pace on its Sustainable City - Yiti project, being jointly developed by SEE Developers, the investment and development arm of SEE Holding Group in capital Muscat, with 90% of the infrastructure already completed. Located just outside of Muscat, the ambitious project spans 1 million sq m with an investment value of approximately $1 billion. It can accommodate over 10,000 people in villas, townhouses, and apartments. The project promises a high standard of living throughout the 300 villas/townhouses and 1,225 plaza apartments. To meet sustainability targets, the development seeks to reduce emissions across the six pillars of environmental sustainability: food, energy, water, products, mobility, and waste.

2 May, 2024

$862m deals inked for residential developments in Oman

Omani authorities have announced that partnership agreements worth RO333 million ($862 million) have been sealed with leading developers for setting up residential neighbourhoods across the sultanate. These projects, which will come up on a total area of 3.3 million sq m, will feature more than 5,000 new residential units. The agreements were signed on the sidelines of The 'Third Real Estate Development Conference' held in conjunction with the '18th edition of the Design and Construction Week', at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre. It is being organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning in cooperation with Oman Real Estate Association. Among the key neighbourhood projects being implemented include Al Luban in the Wilayat of Nakhal, Governorate of South Al Batinah; the Majd Neighborhood project in the Wilayat of Sohar, Governorate of North Al Batinah and the Tilal Al Nakheel project in the Wilayat of Khasab. These projects are being developed as part of the Integrated Residential Plans and Neighborhoods Project. The event also included the signing of agreements to award integrated residential layouts for units that occupy a total area of 1.3 million sq m.

30 April, 2024

Bidders invited for consultancy services to develop commercial district in Oman

Muscat Municipality has invited consultancy services to prepare a master plan for developing the commercial area in Al Qurm. The scope of work includes urban engineering, master planning, and architecture consultancy. Muscat Governorate has been working on a plan to revitalise the Qurm Commercial District as a vibrant shopping destination as it was in the eighties. The last date to collect tender documents is May 12 with the bid to be closed by June 2. New measures will include introducing green cover to the areas and offering opportunities for small and medium enterprises in retail trade, food, cafes, and other entertainment, shopping, and event services.

23 April, 2024

Engineering and consulting services agreement signed for development of fort in Oman

Al Hajar Mountains Resorts and Hotels has signed an agreement with Haley Sharpe Design (HSD) to provide engineering and consulting services for the development of Al Mirani Fort. The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism (MHT) signed an agreement in 2023 with the Hajar Mountains Resorts and Hotels Company to manage and operate the fort.

15 April, 2024

$197 million land drilling contracts awarded in Oman

KCA Deutag, a leading drilling, engineering and technology partner, has announced the award of $204 million of land drilling contracts in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Peru and Bolivia, further strengthening its position in core and key markets. In Oman, the company has secured contracts for five rigs with one customer worth a combined value of $181 million which amounts to a total of 18 years of additional work. The company has also secured three short-term extensions in Saudi Arabia with a total value of $16 million. As part of the agreement in Oman, two of the rigs are being upgraded with Kenera Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) to save energy and reduce carbon emissions. Designed and manufactured by Kenera, the Group's technology and energy transition business, the BESS transforms the rigs into hybrid-powered assets. The battery system is charged from the existing rig generators and increases their efficiency to deliver power during peak loads, reducing the consumption of diesel and carbon emissions by approximately 15%. The addition of the BESS technology to these rigs advances the company's carbon reduction focus in Oman and follows the deployment of a grid container to another rig in the fleet which will enable it to be powered from the electrical grid instead of diesel generators.

15 April, 2024

Major date farm is to be built in Oman

Nakheel Oman Development Company, the largest producer of dates in the Sultanate of Oman, is setting up a major date farm at Ibri in Al Dhahirah Governorate, which is set to be the biggest wholly organic date cultivation project of its kind in the country Covering an area of around 5 million square metres, the farm currently hosts around 34,000 palm trees of the premium Khalas, Fard, and Majdoul varieties. When fully cultivated, the farm will boast a total of around 100,000 trees. Distinguishing the farm from the numerous other plantations overseen by Nakheel Oman are the wholly organic farming methodologies employed by the company in the cultivation of dates at Ibri. The farm is tended without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or genetic modifications of plants, thereby contributing to the production of the highest quality and most popular dates. The Ibri farm also houses organic pollinators that are used to pollinate palm trees during the pollen season; the Ibri facility employs modern irrigation and pollination techniques to enhance productivity, farming efficiency, conservation of water, and harvests. Drones are also deployed to complement pollination, thereby contributing to quality cultivation and harvests.
The farm uses groundwater for irrigation. Divided into scores of plots of 100 trees each, the farm is irrigated based on the actual requirements of each plot taking into account the age of the tree and time of year. Cultivation began in 2020, with around 218 tonnes of dates harvested during the last season, the project will also contribute to Oman’s food security goals. Nakheel Oman represents a partnership of Oman Food Investment Holding Company (Nitaj) and Oman National Investments Development Company (Tanmia).

7 April, 2024

Tender works initiated for over 20 developmental projects in Oman

Al Wusta Governorate has announced the commencement of tender processes for more than twenty developmental projects across the governorate. Among the prominent initiatives unveiled by the governorate are the design and execution of internal road networks within the Wilayat of Haima, Mahoot, Duqm, and Al-Jazirah. These projects aim to enhance connectivity and facilitate smoother transportation within the region. The governorate has issued tenders for the design and implementation of roads in commercial districts within Haima, Mahoot, and Al-Jazirah. This strategic endeavor is poised to stimulate economic activity and foster growth in these vital areas. In a bid to enhance safety and visibility, the governorate has also initiated a project for the supply and installation of lighting poles along internal roads in Haima, Mahoot, Duqm, and Al-Jazirah. This undertaking underscores the commitment to ensuring well-lit and secure thoroughfares for residents and visitors alike. Also, establishment of parks in the villages of Ajayiz and Abu Madabi in Haima, aimed at providing recreational spaces for the local populace and tourists. Additionally, plans are underway for the creation of a natural park and a health walkway in Mahoot wilayat, catering to the wellness and leisure needs of residents and visitors. Furthermore, initiatives such as the construction of beach umbrellas and facilities along the shores of Surab, Al Khaluf, and Sadah villages in Mahoot state, as well as Ras Madrakah in Duqm, are poised to elevate the coastal experience for tourists. Lastly, recognizing the importance of food and water safety, the governorate has initiated a tender for the supply of equipment for the Food and Water Control Laboratory, ensuring adherence to rigorous quality standards and safeguarding public health.

4 April, 2024

Construction work underway for RO 22 m projects in Oman

Al Dakhiliyah Governorate is witnessing the implementation of multiple development and service projects as part of the Governorates Developments Programme and the Balanced Development Programme which aim at achieving several national development objectives and pillars and meeting citizens' needs in accordance to the previously set priorities. 43 projects are currently under implementation at a total value of RO 22,283,000. These projects include road paving and rehabilitation, developing markets, creating public parks and gardens and beautification projects. The implementation of these projects is among the priorities set for 2024 with focus on enhancing the social and economic dimension of development, and providing public services that meet the needs of community members and keep pace with the commercial, tourism and entertainment movement in partnership with the private sector. The implementation of the projects is among the priorities set for 2024 with focus on enhancing the social and economic dimension of development, and providing public services that meet the needs of community members and keep pace with the commercial, tourism and entertainment movement in partnership with the private sector. These projects are expected to improve the investment environment in Al Dakhiliyah Governorate.

2 April, 2024

Tender floated for road and cable car project in Oman

The South Batinah Governorate has floated a tender for consulting services to prepare designs and documents for the road and cable car leading to the Wakan area in Wadi Mistal in the Wilayat of Nakhal. Firms involved in urban engineering consultancy and master planning, civil engineering consultancy, architecture consultancy, quantity surveying services, and survey services, project management consultancy, electrical engineering consultancy, mechanical engineering consultancy, landscaping design consultancy, and geographical and continental surveys are eligible to take part in the bid.

2 April, 2024

Design consultancy contract awarded for integrated economic zone in Oman

Oman's Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (Opaz) has awarded a tender to a consortium of Omani and Saudi companies to provide consultancy services for the Phase I of Al Dhahirah Governorate's Integrated Economic Zone. A strategic industrial project, the Integrated Economic Zone is located about 20km away from the Rub El Khali crossing at Saudi border and around 100 km from the Ibri Industrial City project. The Phase I of the project will come up on a total area of 20 sq km, of which 6.5 sq km will be implemented as a preliminary phase of the project. It includes a land port to be managed and operated by Asyad Group provided that the remaining part of the zone's lands be developed for future expansions. The scope of work includes design and supervision of infrastructure facilities. The tender's tasks include detailed designs for infrastructure facilities, the preparation of tender documents for construction works and the supervision, completion, operation and delivery of the project. It also involves the supervision of the land port, road networks, electricity and communication services, water and irrigation networks in addition to a sewage network, a gas network, solid waste management, administrative buildings and landscaping works.

28 March, 2024

3.4 million road construction works to be implemented in Oman

Al Sharqiyah North Municipality has embarked on a project for the construction of 56 km of internal roads in a number of villages in the Wilayat of Bidiya at an estimated cost of RO 3,432,738. This is part of service projects planned for several wilayats of Al Sharqiyah North Governorate. The internal road paving project in the Wilayat of Bidiya is part of a number of projects implemented by the governorate, including internal road paving projects, rehabilitation of some roads within quarters and residential areas in the wilayats of the governorate. Work has begun on paving roads in the village of Al Dhaher as part of the project.

25 March, 2024

Tender awarded for development of waterfront project in Oman

A tender has been awarded for the development of the waterfront project in the Wilayat of Barka in Al Batinah South Governorate. The project aims to transform the waterfront to an exquisite tourist destination completed with an integrated recreational centre. The construction work is expected to be complete within 15 months. Extending over 2 km in length and 70 metres in width, the waterfront project involves a plethora of sporting and entertainment facilities including a 1.8-km seaside walkway, 13 shaded and open-air barbecue areas, a seating area at the centre of the waterfront, restaurants, kiosks as well as the main area situated at the heart of the waterfront with green spaces, playgrounds for soccer and basketball and open spaces for beach sports, among others. Once complete, the project would stir tourist and economic activities in the Wilayat of Barka and Al Batinah South Governorate in general. It targets all age groups as well as local and foreign tourists as it includes various facilities for sports, recreation and entertainment in addition to various tourism services and investment spaces that provide job opportunities for citizens of the governorate.

25 March, 2024

$841mln agreements signed for interconnection project in Oman

The Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC) will sign agreements worth RO322 million for phase two of the 'Interconnection project' and the electricity transmission network expansion projects in the Dhofar Governorate. The project aims to connect the main electricity transmission network to the Dhofar electricity network, by establishing transmission lines between the Duqm and Dhofar stations, which will be established within the project in the state of Salalah, in addition to establishing a main transmission station in the Shaleem region.

22 March, 2024

Tender floated for expressway expansion work in Oman

The Muscat Municipality has floated a major tender for the expansion of Muscat Expressway, the main carriageway in the capital city on March 21, 2024. Once completed, the project will reflect positively on the vehicular movement and individual and goods transportation. The Muscat Expressway expansion project constitutes a qualitative leap in terms of enhancing connectivity to the capital's regions. The project would help to meet the rapid growth witnessed by the transportation sector as a result of economic boom and urban growth taking place in the Sultanate of Oman. The project would contribute to achieving the goals of Oman Vision 2040 by providing the infrastructure required for the comprehensive development process. The Muscat Expressway expansion project involves the construction of three more lanes in both directions bringing to 12 the total lane number with 6 lanes in each direction making it the widest road in the Sultanate of Oman. The project also involves boosting the efficiency of some multi-level intersections and increasing the acceleration and deceleration lanes on the expressway. This is in addition to expanding existing bridges, implementing water drainage channels and slopes protections, building concrete barriers and other protective barriers as well as replacing the current lighting system with an environmentally friendly LED system.

20 March, 2024

Plans underway to develop rooftop solar project in Oman

The Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre (OCEC) has officially signed an agreement with TotalEnergies Renewables Distributed Generation Middle East & Africa (DG MEA), a wholly owned affiliate of French group TotalEnergies, to develop a rooftop solar photovoltaic project within its premises. The 4.6 megawatt-peak (MWp) solar rooftop is expected to produce over 7,000 megawatts-hours (MWh) providing sufficient energy to significantly cover the OCEC's annual electricity consumption. As part of the initiative, supported by OMRAN Group, the OCEC aims to become one of the leading green venues in the region, enabling its events to be powered by solar energy. This new initiative is in line with OCEC's commitment to reducing its carbon impact on the environment in accordance with the government's target of Net Zero emissions by 2050.

19 March, 2024

Bids invited to develop access road in Oman

With emerald green streams and enticing pools, Wadi al Arbaeen is nature's gift to Oman, attracting both adventure seekers and families. However, the 7km dirt road to access it is a deterrent for many, especially during rains. To make Wadi al Arbaeen easily accessible, Muscat Municipality is planning to develop a road from Al Bathaa village in Quriyat for which it has floated a tender. The tender floated for the Wadi al Arbaeen road project aims to address issues caused by the current dirt road that connects villages around the wadi, particularly during heavy rains and the flow of the wadi. The rugged road often becomes impassable during unstable weather conditions, hindering the movement of residents in the region and neighbouring areas. The proposed road will run a length of 6.5km. It will include the construction of 18 box culverts to efficiently drain rainwater, installation of LED street lights and implementation of safety measures. The objectives of this infrastructure project are to enhance the region's connectivity, promote tourism and development, provide efficient and high-quality services, and contribute to the overall sustainability of Muscat as a city.

15 March, 2024

Partnership signed to built two new resorts in Oman

Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran) has joined hands with Srilankan group Santani Wellness Resorts to set up two new properties in the sultanate featuring 182 rooms. This strategic alliance will help boost Oman's position as a leading destination for sustainable tourism and wellness, aligning with its Vision 2040 for sustainable growth. This comes as an embodiment of Omran's endeavours to enrich the tourism sector with quality products, which contributes to enhancing its competitiveness. The resorts, which will be located in the Dakhiliyah and Dhofar governorates, will boast a total of 182 rooms and will adhere to high-level sustainability standards.
With these properties, Sri Lankan retreat brand Santani Wellness Resorts is marking its international debut outside of Sri Lanka. The collaboration is expected to create significant economic benefits, including job creation, and is being pitted to become a model for sustainable development and wellness tourism in Oman and beyond. Focused on stress management, detoxification, yoga and weight management, programming will be tailored to individual needs and designed to promote holistic wellbeing.

14 March, 2024

Plans announced for e-methane pilot project in Oman

Plans for an e-methane pilot project at Oman LNG’s complex at Qalhat are at the heart of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the majority Omani state-owned LNG company with Japanese energy firms. The demo project, targeting an e-methane production capacity of 1,200 Nm3/h (normal cubic metres per hour), is proposed to be established close to Oman LNG’s liquefaction trains. The overall success of this pilot is expected to pave the way for Oman LNG to install methanation equipment at its Qalhat complex, enabling the large-scale production of e-methane (also known as Synthetic Methane or Synthetic Natural Gas) as a carbon-neutral renewable fuel gas. The MoU, signed by Oman LNG with Japanese industrial and engineering corporation Hitachi Zosen and its 100% Swiss based subsidiary Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI), centres on an initiative to decarbonize the operations of Oman LNG through the methanation process.
In this process, CO2 captured from Oman LNG's operations is processed along with green hydrogen (from water electrolysis) to produce e-methane. The latter can be either marketed independently as a renewable fuel source or injected into the Oman LNG's liquefaction process to produce a greener version of LNG. The MoU intends to study the commercial prospects for a small pilot plant (methanation equipment, water-electrolysis equipment, etc.) at a site adjacent to the existing LNG plant and produce 1,200N㎥/h of methane. Funding for the pilot e-methane plant’s basic design and the evaluation of its commercialisation will come as part of a grant from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy.

14 March, 2024

OMR9 mn plastic-focused manufacturing project will be built in Oman

Sohar Industrial City has signed an investment contract with Multi Bond Metal Company to establish a plastics-focused manufacturing project. The project will manufacture a variety of products including sheets, strips, tapes, pipes, hoses, and related accessories. With an investment of OMR9 million, the project is set to be located on a 30,000-square-metre area within Phase 7 of Sohar Industrial City.

13 March, 2024

RO7mn deal signed to establish furniture factory in Oman

Al Buraimi Industrial City, managed by the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn), has signed an investment agreement with Golden Palaces for Trade and Investment to establish a furniture manufacturing factory. The factory will cover an area of 17,000 square meters, with an investment of RO7mn.
Combining traditional features with modern technology, the factory will use sustainable materials to produce high-quality contemporary furniture designs. The project aims to fulfill 10% of the local market demand and export 90% of its products to European, American, and Middle Eastern markets, thereby creating new job opportunities and contributing to the national economy.

12 March, 2024

$1.3bn waterfront project unveiled in Oman

Oman's Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning (MoHUP) has announced plans for a reimagined waterfront project, Al Khuwair Muscat Downtown and Waterfront Development, to be set up in the capital at a total investment of $1.3 billion. Spanning 3.3 million sq m area, the project has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA). The sustainability-led design prioritises the well-being of residents and visitors, redefining urban living in Oman as Muscat's population is anticipated to almost double from 1.5 million to 2.7 million inhabitants by 2040. The city is also increasingly popular with international visitors, welcoming over 3 million tourists in 2023. Responding to this rapid growth, ZHA's design will transform this existing administrative and industrial area of Muscat into a vibrant new urban district with an expected population of 64,500. The district will comprise five key areas - a marina, a recreational waterfront lined with beaches and sports facilities, a canal walkway, a cultural quarter and a Ministry campus. 
Incorporating residential areas extensive mixed-use developments catering to government and commercial businesses, together with  arts, culture, and leisure spaces, the district will be a thriving, environmentally resilient and sustainable development with a 24-hour community. Continuing Muscat's rich tradition as a historic port city,  the Al Khuwair development is informed by local culture, with the marina acting as the cornerstone of the project, catering to residents, visitors, and tourists. It will feature a range of attractions while emphasising green spaces and public realm along the waterfront, including destination dining experiences, luxury retail outlets, health and wellness facilities, hotels, and residential spaces, said the statement. The Oman ministry and ZHA have jointly worked with global engineering, design and advisory practice Buro Happold to implement a materials strategy with specific interventions to assist with climate and coastal resilience, including mitigating any 'urban heat island' effects, stormwater management and breakwaters.
It prioritises material reuse, including recycled construction materials and responsible sourcing, and buildings within the Ministry campus will be retrofitted and reused through a programme of refurbishments. Throughout the compact and walkable development, Transport-Oriented Development principles encourage use of public transportation with good connections to transit services underpinning smart mobility, including light rail transit, bus rapid transit and water taxis. Pedestrian activity is encouraged by introducing passive shading and cooling to the public realm, alongside cycle infrastructure to improve the safety and usability of active transport modes, while capitalising on the carbon savings of minimising private vehicle use, said the statement from the ministry. Onsite renewable energy with solar energy will be maximised alongside a passive design strategy to limit energy demand and reduce water use in buildings and landscaping. Additionally, it is targeting a biodiversity net gain of 10% while conserving and restoring native plant species. The project is designed to connect local and international communities while embracing a sustainable vision for the future that honours the Muscat's heritage. Al Khuwair masterplan is an extraordinary example of multidisciplinary engineering excellence at a district scale level.

11 March, 2024

Ground broken for polysilicon production facility in Oman

In line with Oman's industrial strategy to attract investment in setting up advanced industries, the foundation stone will be laid on 11th March 2024 for a major polysilicon production facility at Sohar Freezone, with an investment exceeding $1.35bn (RO520mn). The project is being set up by United Solar Polysilicon (FZC) SPC, an Omani company, on an area of 160,000 sqm. It is expected to be completed during 2025. The polysilicon plant will produce high-quality metallurgical silicon with an annual capacity of 100,000 tonnes. The production process involves pouring the liquid metallurgical silicon from the furnace into molds, followed by cooling through either mold or continuous casting. After cooling, the metallurgical silicon is ground and packaged for global export.
Polysilicon, a high-purity form of silicon, is a key raw material in the production of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. This huge project reflects the Omani government's keenness to encourage local investment and attract foreign investors, as part of the objectives of Oman Vision 2040. United Solar Polysilicon's project is among the significant investment projects in Oman and this project represents the first of its kind in the Middle East region. The project holds the promise of a more sustainable future for the Sohar Port and Freezone by increasing handling capacity in the years to come. This polysilicon project will enhance the status of the Sohar Port and Freezone as a global trade hub. Furthermore, it represents a significant achievement in the region's economic growth and diversification, meeting the growing demand for metallurgical silicon in the markets of Asia, Europe, and North America. The project reflects the sincere desire to continue the efforts initiated by Oman to encourage local investment, attract foreign investments, localise their operations, and align with the goals of the future Oman Vision 2040.

8 March, 2024

Contract awarded for jack-up drilling rig in Oman

Masirah Oil Limited (“MOL”), Oman announced the signing of a contract for the Energy Emerger jack-up drilling rig. The rig, operated by Northern Offshore Ltd, will perform a multi-well programme in the offshore Yumna Field in Block 50 Oman. The programme will consist of the drilling and completion of a new in-field well and the work-over of two existing production wells. The programme will commence in mid-March 2024.

6 March, 2024

$200mln luxury residential villas will be built in Oman

Donald Trump has tied up with Saudi property developer Dar Global to build a luxury residential community in Oman worth $200 million. The Trump Villas at AIDA, collaboration between the Trump Organisation and Dar Global, will showcase posh homes within the Trump International Golf Club, granting residents elite membership to the club. The new project will offer sea views from an elevation of more than 130 metres.
With the golf club membership, residents will be able to access a wealth of world-class amenities, including a state-of-the-art clubhouse, expansive parks and recreational spaces. Each property owner will also receive a Trump-branded golf cart.

1 March, 2024

$225m carbon anode project to come up soon in Oman

Adding to Sohar Freezone's increasingly diverse metals cluster, a land lease agreement was signed last week for the establishment of a first-of-its-kind project that will manufacture prebaked carbon anodes for the global aluminium smelting industry. Total investment in the venture is estimated at $225 million. Sanvira Tech SFZ - a partnership of Omani and Indian investors - will develop the facility on a 155,000 m2 site at the free zone. At full capacity, the plant will manufacture around 300,000 tonnes per annum of prebaked carbon anodes for markets in the GCC, Europe and India. Significantly, the new project will be built downstream of a calcined petroleum coke plant that was launched at Sohar Freezone in November 2022 with an investment of around $156 million (RO 60 million). That project was developed by Sanvira Carbon (FZC), a joint venture between India's Sanvira Industries, Oman National Investment Development Company (Tanmia) and Omani chemicals manufacturing firm United Business Trading (UBT). With a production capacity of around 600,000 tonnes per annum of calcined petroleum coke, the plant is ranked among the largest of its kind in the region. The upcoming investment by affiliate Sanvira Tech will help boost value creation from the calcined petroleum coke project. Already, the new company has secured international offtake commitments covering part of its future output.

29 February, 2024

New premium mixed-use project unveiled in Oman

Al Faiha Development Company has announced the launch of its premium project, Smart Home, featuring residential apartments and offices in the Al Ghala Heights. Spread over a 13,000 sq m area on an area opposite Madinat Al Irfan, Smart Home comprises a mall, restaurants, a temperature-controlled swimming pool and a comprehensive health club, thus ensuring a comfortable and sustainable environment for residents. The project will boast nine floors and a penthouse in addition to parking facilities and a variety of residential units of different sizes.
These smart apartments are an integral part of the project concept, allowing residents to benefit from cutting-edge technologies to enhance their quality of life. These aim to provide a smart and sustainable living environment that promotes quality of life and offers a comfortable and secure lifestyle. The integrated residential experience will include entertainment, marketing and sports facilities to meet all family needs. It is a pioneering real estate endeavour that boasts comprehensive smart specifications in its residential units, including remote control features, alongside integration of artificial intelligence to provide essential services for families. Its smart amenities will include childcare services, a private cinema for residents, laundry facilities and taxi services. These smart residential apartments embody our aspirations to deliver a unique living experience. This combination of comfort and technology aims to create a sustainable and secure environment for all residents. When completed, the project will be an architectural icon, combining modern designs with authentic Omani architecture.
The project will have the finest integrated services, meeting the highest international standards and aligning with future technological advancements. Modern communication networks and diverse parking facilities, totalling over 800 spaces distributed underground and some in front of residential units, will be provided. The mall, offices and residential units will be interconnected to form an integrated environment and an attractive place for living, working and shopping under one roof.

28 February, 2024

Redevelopment work starts on copper mines project in Oman

Minerals Development Oman Company (MDO) has started the redevelopment work on the Lasil and Al Baydha copper mines in Block 4 of the wilayats of Sohar and Liwa. The production of copper ore from the Lasil mine is anticipated to begin 2024, while production from the Al Baydha mine is expected to commence in 2026. Once the project gets completed, these mines will boast a production capacity of 800,000 tonnes of copper ore per annum. The project's initial phase is expected to last four years based on the current reserves. The redevelopment of the Lasil and Al Baydha mines is its first copper mine project.
This was a result of the intensive exploration programmes carried out by MDO in 2022 which revealed the potential of commercial reserves of copper ore estimated at approximately 2.78 million tonnes in Block 4, part of Oman Mining Company geological assets. The project will encompass a series of phases, including the mobilisation and construction of the mines, open-pit mining operations, and then the commencement of processing and concentration operations. However, the company is progressing exploration campaign at the surrounding areas to hopefully secure new reserves and extend the production period. The project, strives to enrich local value addition and optimise value chains in collaboration and partnership with the private sector. MDO had signed up a national contractor for the project, while the processing contract has been awarded to Mawarid Mining for processing the copper ore in its concentrator located in the Wadi Al Jizzi, Sohar.

28 February, 2024

Construction work underway for service roads project in Oman

The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology announced the completion of 40 per cent of the service roads of Dibba-Khasab road in Musandam Governorate and the link road leading to the Niyabat of Lima at a length of 9 km out of 22 km on 27 February, 2024. The cost of the project exceeds RO 151 million.

26 February, 2024

Construction work underway for hospital project in Oman

Work on the new RO138 million Sultan Qaboos Hospital in Salalah is nearly 60.5 percent complete. The project, spread over 100,000 square meters, consists of seven floors that can accommodate 700 hospital beds and 3,238 rooms, and will be provided with the latest medical devices, and other specialties. The main building of the hospital includes an accident and emergency unit, a medical imaging unit, a rehabilitation unit, and a chemotherapy unit, in addition to a dialysis unit, burns and orthodontics, day clinics, and care units for children - intensive care for adults - stroke care - intermediate care, operating rooms, delivery rooms, the private ward, the VIP ward, and the nuclear medicine unit. The new hospital will also have four surgical wards, four pediatric wards, four internal medicine wards, four obstetrics and gynecology wards, 16 beds in the intermediate and intensive care unit, 31 beds in the adult intensive care unit, 15 beds in the pediatric intensive care unit, and 38 beds in the neonatal and premature infants' intensive care unit. There are 12 beds in the burn unit, 32 beds in the daycare unit, and 32 beds in the dialysis unit. It will include an annex consisting of a lecture hall that can accommodate 250 people, a health education department, in additional to departments for equipment, medical devices, stores, pathology laboratories, and a central sterilization unit. It is worth noting that health services in Dhofar Governorate have witnessed growth at multiple levels and expansion of therapeutic services at the level of Sultan Qaboos Reference Hospital and primary health care institutions. The total number of health institutions in the governorate has reached 44 institutions, including 7 hospitals and 36 health centers.

21 February, 2024

RO44mn new deals signed in Oman

Salalah Free Zone has signed five new investment agreements worth RO44mn with a local and international investor from Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, and Hong Kong. The first agreement was signed with Naseem Salalah Trading and Manufacturing Industries Company, representing Iraqi investment, to establish a factory to produce paper tissues with an investment of RO38mn.
The zone signed second agreement with Kuwait Engineering Industries Company, which will establish a modern factory for manufacturing air conditioning devices bearing the brand name 'Moria' at an investment cost of RO4.56mn. The factory will have a production capacity of 90,000 air conditioning units annually.
The third agreement with Tawfiq Medical Supplies Company from Jordan includes the establishment of a specialised factory for the production and refilling of blood sugar test strips, with an investment amounting to RO760,000 and a production capacity of up to 100mn sugar test strips annually.
The fourth agreement was with an Omani firm, Wadi Hawjar Company, to establish a specialised factory for mixing and producing raw materials from frankincense derivatives with an investment amounting to RO247,000.
The fifth and last agreement was with Green Stream Solutions Company from Hong Kong, which plans to establish an import, repackaging, and export company for potash fertilizers in Salalah Free Zone with an investment of RO57,000.

19 February, 2024

$1.3bln an ambitious mixed-use project will be built in Oman

The ambitious Al Khuwair Downtown and Waterfront Development Project, boasting a hefty $1.3 billion investment, is set to redefine urban living in Oman's capital. Spanning an impressive 3.6 million square metres, surpassing the area of Muscat International Airport, this initiative promises a vibrant new hub of Muscat Governorate. Crucial agreements are already in place, paving the way for the project's operational plan and the launch of construction work to commence before the end of 2024. Embracing cutting-edge technology, developers will be seamlessly integrating modern planning tools with the unique landscape of Al Khuwair site.
The renowned Zaha Hadid Architects, carrying on the legacy of the late visionary Iraqi architect, has been entrusted with designing a key 38,000-square-metre section of the project. Zaha Hadid Architects is partnering with well-known real estate services and investment firm CBRE in the project design. Expanding its reach further, the Ministry has partnered with Al Tawoos Company for the development of a mixed-use tower. While initial impressions might suggest towering structures, the Ministry has clarified that Al Khuwair Downtown will feature a cluster of buildings, each standing tall at approximately 35 to 40 floors. The 12-month design phase prioritises creating a distinctive waterfront landmark, with the strategic location within the flight path securing approval for structures up to 150 metres (50 floors) from the Civil Aviation Authority. A budget of around $8 million has also been allocated to support the brand identity and marketing of this new urban landmark.
Significantly, Al Khuwair Downtown and Waterfront Development Project is one of the bigger investment prizes in a portfolio of urban initiatives unveiled by the Ministry in recent months for investments and development partnerships. Investment and partnership opportunities encompass the sizable portfolio of urban development projects unveiled by the Ministry recently. The flagship Sultan Haitham City and other envisioned Future Cities across the country stand out. These developments offer a clean slate for urban development. Further contracting and partnership opportunities will arise when the Ministry releases tenders for basic services and other contracts during the Phase 1 development of major urban projects. The Greater Muscat Structural Plan also holds promise for shaping the capital city's expansion and growth. Al Jabal Al Akhdhar initiative presents opportunities for investment in a sustainable and eco-friendly development amidst nature. The Ministry's Sorouh Programme for Integrated Housing Scheme also offers investment potential. Eleven such integrated neighbourhoods are planned nationwide, with four currently open for investment through the Tatweer platform.

19 February, 2024

Plans underway to convert an airport to museum in Oman

The old Muscat airport terminal building will be redeveloped as a multi-purpose facility, with plans to convert it into an aviation museum that will showcase the history of aviation of the country. Only competition can bring down the ticket prices on the domestic, which was also echoed by the Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MoTCIT). The new National Aviation Strategy will reflect the paradigm shift in the function and the role of the CAA in the coming years.

19 February, 2024

$3mln recycling plant will be established at Oman

Sohar Port and Freezone has signed a land lease agreement with Starsun Sohar to establish a $3 million recycling plant for lead-acid batteries with the freezone. The recycling plant, covering an area of 7,000 sq m, will focus on recovering valuable materials from locally used batteries, with a projected production capacity of 1,000 tonnes per month. The facility will also export lead ingots, lead oxide, and red lead oxide to key markets, including India, China, Korea, and several European countries. These products will be traded on the London Metal Exchange, bolstering global trade capacities.

15 February, 2024

$109 million contract awarded for overhead transmission line project in Oman

Oman National Engineering & Investment Company SAOG (ONEIC) has awarded two projects, for the eastablishing of 132/33KV Electricity Transmission lines associated with 132kV transmission lines in Dhofar Governaorate. The Project was awarded by Oman Electricity Transmission Company SAOC, (Member of Nama Group). The value of the contracts is OMR 41,963,337. The duration of the contract is 18 months.

6 February, 2024

Construction work underway for botanic garden in Oman

Construction work progress was reviewed at the Oman Botanic Garden on February 4, 2023. The project site was visited to monitor progress of work and discuss construction and appreciate efforts made by the project team. It will showcase all the native plant species of Oman in carefully created natural habitats, from bone-dry deserts to lush green monsoon forests. The garden will also feature traditionally cultivated crops and the many ways people use plants in Oman. Located at the foothills of the Al Hajar mountains in Al Khoud, the site is one of only a handful of locations in the world where the ancient seabed is visible sitting 100m above sea level. 1,407 species of indigenous flora have been grown in environments simulating their natural habitat. The team has conducted about a thousand field trips since the beginning of the project. It is the first of its kind in the region; no other botanical garden represents the entire flora of one country in habitat settings, presenting an unprecedented opportunity for visitors to experience the natural vegetation of Oman while learning about agricultural heritage, cultural traditions and the legendary hospitality of the country. The project will include cable cars, nurseries, a visitor centre, research centre, field study centre, habitat gardens, habitat pavilions, amenity areas, play areas and family zones in garden settings that are unique to Oman.

5 February, 2024

RO 23.4 million projects launched in Oman

In a high-level inauguration ceremony, three new plants kicked off operations at Salalah Free Zone (SFZ), adding RO 23.4 million in investments to the zone’s portfolio of businesses. The first project is an RO 9.6 million food processing plant by the Special Integrated Food Company (SIFCO). The second venture is phase one of Al Namariq Mining Company's quicklime plant, an RO 10 million Omani-Iraqi joint investment. The third is an RO 3.8 million fabric and plastics manufacturing and packaging plant by Apex Transgulf Manufacturing (APEX) that aims to serve local and regional markets targeting various industries including healthcare, food and beverages.

1 February, 2024

Announcement of launch of climate tech project in Oman

Award winning Oman-based climate tech start-up 44.01 has recently announced the commencement of operations at their site in the Hajar Mountains. With the successful drilling of their first borehole and completion of initial safety and injectivity tests, 44.01's ambitious project marks a significant milestone for the country's sustainable technology initiatives. This groundbreaking development paves the way for Oman's first co-located DAC (Direct Air Capture), positioning 44.01 at the forefront of environmental innovation in the region. Recognised as the largest project to date for the company, its impact on mitigating carbon emissions holds significant promise for combating climate change. The Hajar Mountains provide an ideal location for such a pioneering endeavour. Their geological composition, combined with strategic positioning, allows for efficient carbon capture while simultaneously facilitating the process of mineralisation. This dual approach ensures the long-term storage of carbon emissions, minimising their atmospheric impact and maximising the potential for harnessing valuable minerals.
Expected to commence the injection of CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the latter half of 2024, the project's timeline demonstrates 44.01's commitment to sustainable practices while catering to Oman’s increasing energy demands. By integrating DAC technology and mineralisation, the start-up anticipates playing a key role in the country’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality.

31 January, 2024

Largest zoo will be open soon in Oman

As many as 300 animals from different continents will be the attraction of the new zoo coming up in Ibra, which is aimed at adding yet another milestone to the Sultanate of Oman's ongoing tourism march. A range of animals from tiger and lion to deer and gazelles, birds and others, which are found in forests, thick meadows and other pastures, will be living happily in the middle of the desert once the zoo opens.
To come up on a build-up area of 150,000 square metres, the zoo will also have a water theme park and a complete family entertainment avenue. The zoo will have days dedicated to school children. Already several animals have been brought, rare and beautiful ones from Oman, GCC and other Asian countries and kept them in the zoo. Tourists visiting Oman are in for a treat as a large line up of animals, alligators, birds and the like are all set to enthral visitors and will be an added attraction for those visiting the country. An elephant will be a future addition to the zoo. Necessary approvals from the government authorities are currently under way. Having an elephant in the GCC will change the way zoos are perceived to be.

30 January, 2024

$210 million land lease agreement signed to develop data computing center in Oman

SOHAR Port and Freezone announced the signing of a land lease agreement with Green Data City (FZC) LLC to develop a Data Computing Center in SOHAR Freezone for hosting, processing, and data mining. The step solidifies the position of SOHAR Port and Freezone as a key player in the digital economy, fostering technological innovation and economic growth. With a total investment of USD 210 million, the Green Data City project is set to strengthen technological landscape, bringing forth a state-of-the-art facility that houses approximately 20,000 servers from leading manufacturers. Hosted in 40-foot containers, these servers will be connected to immersion and hydro systems with dry coolers, ensuring efficient and sustainable cooling for data processing and other computing processes on the internet. Covering a land area of 45,000 sqm, this project is considered a vital facility for modern companies. It provides the necessary infrastructure for storing, processing, and managing data. Additionally, this project is a fundamental initiative towards digital transformation, economic development, and the enhancement of communication and information technology services in general.

29 January, 2024

New operation and maintenance contracts signed in Oman

Veolia Oman announced the signing of two new contracts with Nama Water Services. The First Contract is related to Operation and Maintenance of Sewage Treatment Plant and Sewage Systems at Musandam, North Al Batinah, Al Dahira, and Al Buraime Governorate (Zone 1). The duration of contract is 2 Years. The Second Contract is related to Operation and Maintenance of Sewage Treatment Plant and Sewage Systems at South Al Batinah and Al Dakhliya Governorates (Zone 2). The duration of contract is 2 Years.

15 January, 2024

Agreement signed for oil and gas exploration in Oman

A concession agreement was signed with CC Energy Development (CCED) for the exploration and production of oil and gas in Block 38 in Dhofar Governorate. As part of the agreement, CCED will conduct geological and geophysical studies as well as seismic surveys necessary to unlock the hydrocarbon potential of the concession.

9 January, 2024

Agreement signed for the exploration of oil & gas in Oman

Minister of Energy and Minerals, signed a concession agreement with CC Energy Development (CCED) for the exploration and production of oil and gas in Blocks 38 and 74 in Dhofar Governorate. As part of the agreement, CCED will conduct geological and geophysical studies as well as seismic surveys necessary to unlock the hydrocarbon potential of the two concessions. Block 38, covering an area of 17,425 square kilometers, is located in the southwestern part of Dhofar Governorate, while Block 74 covers an area of 3,064 sq km and is located in the southeastern part of governorate. This agreement reflects the commitment of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals to expand the exploration and drilling operations for oil and gas resources in the Sultanate of Oman, and the confidence that Oman enjoys from local and international investors. It will also contribute to enhancing the productive capacity of the sector.

9 January, 2024

Consultancy services awarded for 400kV direct link project in Oman

ENERGOPROJEKT ENTEL (EPE) has awarded Consultancy Services for 400kV Oman Direct Link Project, one of the most prestigious power transmission projects in the Gulf region in recent years. The client, Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA), is a joint stock company established by six Arab Gulf States: Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The GCCIA is responsible for constructing, maintaining, and operating the 400kV grid interconnection of the mentioned Arab Gulf States power systems. The 400kV Oman Direct Link Project shall enable the current GCCIA 400kV transmission network to be extended to enable direct interconnection with the Sultanate of Oman. A new 400kV double circuit overhead line connection, with a total route length of 528 km, will be constructed from existing 400kV GCCIA Silaa Substation in the UAE to existing 400/220kV OETC IBRI substation in Oman, through a new intermediate 400kV GCCIA substation in UAE near Madinat Zayed, and a new 400kV GCCIA substation in Oman, adjacent to existing 400/220kV OETC IBRI substation. The project is expected to be completed in early 2026.

4 January, 2024

11 PPP projects to be implemented in Oman

The Omani government has announced plans to progress the implementation of as many as 11 sizable projects and initiatives under its strategic Public-Private Partnership (PPP) programme during 2024. The projects in question, outlined in the 2024 State Budget, span several sectors, including Transport & Logistics, Health, Education, Agriculture and Fisheries, Construction and Information & Communications Technology (ICT). A key initiative set to make headway this year is the Salalah – Thamrait Truck Road project, a competitive tender for which is already underway in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology. Five international companies have been shortlisted to bid for a concession to design, construct, finance, operate and maintain the proposed 67 km long blacktop connecting Thamrait with the Port of Salalah in Dhofar Governorate. The first-of-its-kind carriageway, designed to cater to heavy trucks, is envisaged to operate on a toll system. Also included in the PPP pipeline is a plan for private-led investment in a road project linking Al Maabela in Muscat Governorate with Thamid in the Wilayat of Bidbid in Al Dakhiliyah Governorate. Private players are invited to manage and maintain health facilities for the Health Ministry in Muscat Governorate, Al Batinah North, and Al Batinah South governorates, under a separate PPP initiative. Another PPP project slated for implementation this year centres on a plan for the development and operation of a drug rehabilitation centre in Suhar. The proposed Taafi Suhar Centre is envisaged to be a modern de-addiction and rehabilitation facility designed to enable users of narcotics and psychotropic substances to reintegrate back into the society. The Education Ministry's massive fleet of public school buses is also proposed to be placed in the hands of a private operator under a PPP arrangement. There is a plan to invite the private sector to support the 'development, management and operation' of the Liwa and Sur fishery harbours. Private sector investment is also envisioned in the operation of veterinary clinics in Al Buraimi, Raysut and Saal. Also listed for implementation this year is a project for the construction of the new headquarters of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion on a PPP basis.

3 January, 2024

RO900mn development projects unveiled in Oman

In its general budget for 2024, the government of Oman has allocated approximately RO900mn for implementing developmental projects across various sectors in the sultanate. The budget guidance report outlined the distribution of funds for projects, including an allocation of RO83.7mn for governorate projects, with RO44mn specifically designated for governorate development initiatives. The total public spending in the 2024 budget is estimated at RO11.65bn. The development projects slated for the 2024 budget cover various sectors, such as education, health, culture and sports, housing, transport, agriculture and fisheries, and water resources.
Education sector:
- Construction of 15 public schools
- Floating tenders for the construction of 20 government schools
- Construction of the University of Technology and Applied Sciences building in Musandam Governorate
- Implementation of the abroad scholarship program (Rowad Oman), covering 150 scholarships over five years
- Offering 850 additional contracts for public-school buses and replacement of 1,000 school buses with new ones
- Replacement of more than 20,000 air conditioners in schools
Health sector:
- Completion of the construction of seven government hospitals, namely Sultan Qaboos Hospital Salalah, Al Suwaiq Hospital, Wadi Bani Khalid Hospital, Khasab Hospital, Madha Hospital, Mahout Hospital, and Al Mazyona Hospital
- Construction of three new hospitals in Samail, Al-Namaa, and Al-Falah
- Completion of the construction of two dialysis units
- Renovation of two government hospitals and expansion of three existing hospitals
- Inauguration of the Central Laboratory of Infectious Diseases
Transport sector:
- Design and construction of an asphalt road between Khasab and Dibba and the road linking Lima in Musandam Governorate
- Design and construction of the remaining parts of Al Batinah Coastal Road (Phase I)
- Construction of Al Ansab-AL Jifnain dual-carriage road
- Construction of the dual-carriage Sultan Qaboos road in Salalah
- Construction of an asphalt road in Muqshin in Dhofar Governorate
- Construction of tunnels at Atin intersection with 18 November street in Salalah
Agriculture, Fisheries, and Water Resources Sector:
- Wadi Adai Dam
- Wadi Al-Zuhaimi Dam
- Masirah Multi-Purpose Port
- Shuwaimiya Multi-Purpose Port
Other sectors:
- Construction of Oman Cultural Complex
- Construction of the Sultan Haitham city infrastructure – first phase

2 January, 2024

Agreement signed for technology trial in Oman

Sinopec Tech Middle East LLC (STME) has signed a technology trial agreement with Petroleum Development Oman LLC (PDO). The agreement is related for Hydraulic Efflux Hammer, an innovative technology which increases the well drilling efficiency on hard rocks. This marks the promotion of STME advanced technology in the other Middle East markets outside Saudi Arabia for the first time.

1 January, 2024

RO21.3mn contract awarded for school construction in Oman

Oman National Engineering and Investment Company (ONEIC) has secured RO16.5mn contract to establish and maintain an international school in the Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM) area on an investment basis for one of the operators specialised in the field of education.

29 December, 2023

RO 4.8 million contract awarded for power station construction in Oman

Oman National Engineering & Investment Company (ONEIC), a publicly traded Omani contractor, has been awarded a significant contract for the construction of a 132kV/33kV power station in Sohar Free Zone. The contract, valued at RO 4.8 million, was awarded by Sohar Titanium (FZC) LLC on December 25, 2023. Sohar Titanium, a subsidiary of Minerals Development Oman (MDO), is building a first of its kind titanium dioxide on a 120,000 sq meter site in Sohar Freezone. The project, entailing an investment of RO 43 million, targets a production of 150,000 tonnes of titanium dioxide per annum. It will transform raw materials into the vital ingredients for everyday products like paints, plastics, and even toothpaste. Scheduled to launch by 2025, Sohar Titanium promises to be a game-changer for Oman's industrial diversification goals.

29 December, 2023

Foundation stone laid for investment building project in Oman

Jusoor Foundation laid the cornerstone for the Investment Building Project of Al Suwaiq Sports Club in the Wilayat of Suwaiq, Al Batinah North Governorate, with an investment of RO 200,000. The project will contribute to enriching the club's sports and cultural activities. Additionally, it will propel various sports forward and enable their regular organisation in line with the financial income generated from the project upon its completion. The project is being constructed on a 1,100 square metre area, comprising two floors. The first floor is designed for rental exhibition spaces, while the second floor is allocated for four open office spaces for rent, in addition to parking facilities. The project's implementation period is 18 months. The laying of the cornerstone for the project marks the continuation of the financing and cooperation agreement signed between the Jusoor Foundation and the club in May 2023. The investment building project will come up in the Ghala Industrial Area and the project aims to achieve local added value by appointing local companies to provide their services in engineering consulting and construction works.

28 December, 2023

Maintenance and rehabilitation works underway on water brooks in Oman

The Directorate-General of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources in Dhofar Governorate, represented by the Department of Water Resources, is carrying out maintenance and rehabilitation works on 25 water brooks in some wilayats of the governorate. The project aims at preserving and sustaining water sources and preserving natural resources. The Directorate-General of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources in Dhofar Governorate is keen on developing brooks in the Dhofar Governorate and preserving its natural resources for the purpose of benefiting from them and ensuring their proper exploitation as picnic sites frequented by the community members and foreign tourists. The Ministry is carrying out maintenance and rehabilitation work on 25 water brooks in various wilayats of Dhofar Governorate including 11 sites in Salalah, 5 in Taqah, 4 in Rakhyut, 3 in Mirbat and one site in each of the wilayat of Thumrait and Dhalkoot and the work is expected to be completed in the first half of 2024.

26 December, 2023

Exploratory drilling commenced in Oman

Exploratory drilling, targeting potentially prodigious nickel and cobalt ores in Mineral Block 21 in the Wilayat of Ibra, has commenced, according to the block's concessionaire. Knights Bay, a UK-based strategic mineral mining firm, started the exploratory drilling in its sprawling concession in North Al Sharqiyah Governorate followed by the completion of a geotechnical survey of the site. Knights Bay received concession rights to a massive 1,4000 sq km block, described as hosting a new potentially world-class nickel laterite deposit with cobalt, chrome, and iron-ore credits. Initial surveying of 1,444 km2 within Mineral Block 21 has allowed (Knights Bay) to focus on approximately 280 km2 of well-developed nickel and cobalt laterites beneath a cover of limestone. Knights Bay's plan is to drill 27 holes in two tranches and will represent the first phase of a drill program that is in 4 phases to drill sufficient resources and reserves to allow Knights Bay to capitalise new treatment plants to recover Nickel, Cobalt, Iron and Chromium. Further, in keeping with the company's commitment to reducing the carbon footprint of its mining operations in the Block, Knights Bay is pursuing an alternative method for treating the laterites excavated from the site. This alternative method, will enable the green low carbon primary extraction of nickel and cobalt in a pyrometallurgical (dry, heat based) method, and allows by-product iron and chromium, noting that the methodology offers an improvement in the risk profile of precedent equipment and operations, capital and operating cost estimated.

18 December, 2023

Agreement signed to establish caustic soda production factory in Oman

Salalah Free Zone inked a usufruct agreement, with a total investment value of $65 million, to establish a factory for the production of caustic soda, calcium chloride and ammonia chloride that are used in various industries, such as the production of paper, glass, detergents and agricultural fertilisers. The project will be set up on a total area of approximately 55,000 square metres. Moreover, a usufruct agreement was signed for the establishment of a factory for the production of hydrogen peroxide and formic acid. This project, worth $100 million, will be established on a total area of 174,000 square metres.

11 December, 2023

$88mln agreements signed to establish industrial projects in Oman

OQ Refineries and Petrochemical Industries, a subsidiary of the global integrated energy group OQ, inked nine investment agreements on December 10, 2023 totaling approximately $88 million. These agreements are poised to establish industrial projects in the Ladayn Polymer Park within Suhar Industrial City, aligning with Oman Vision 2040 and supporting economic diversification policies. The agreements, signed emphasize fostering the growth of local businesses, promoting Omani-made goods and services, creating job opportunities, skill development, and innovating within the plastic industry. These initiatives aim to reduce imports and maximize the added value for refineries and petrochemical industries. The Ladayn Polymer Park, strategically located in Suhar Industrial City, is a cornerstone project propelling Oman towards self-sufficiency in plastic products. It seeks to invigorate the local industrial sector by introducing new, value-added products and fostering the growth of similar industries.

4 December, 2023

Tourism projects construction resumed in Oman

The Al-Sawda Island Tourism Project in Dhofar Governorate has resumed construction after a hiatus of several years. The project is on track and is scheduled to open in December 2026. This ambitious project aims to foster sustainable social development on a secluded island, designed to provide unparalleled privacy and exclusivity for each visitor. It will feature luxurious hotel suites approaching seven-star standards, nestled amidst a breathtaking landscape that seamlessly blends natural beauty with refined luxury. Nestled within the Dhofar Governorate, Al-Sawda Island forms part of the Kuriya Muriya archipelago of five islands, namely (Halaniya, Al-Sawda, Qabila, Gharzooni, and Hasik). It falls under the administrative purview of the Wilayat of Shaleem and Halaniyat Islands.
The coveted concession for the development and revitalization of the island was granted to local developer Muriya, a partnership of Egypt-based Orascom and Omran Group of the Sultanate of Oman. The company envisions transforming the island into a marine tourism haven, featuring a boutique five-star hotel with 32 lavish chalets equipped with private swimming pools and exclusive beachfront access for resort guests. The project will also encompass a range of amenities and services designed to revitalize the island and its neighboring counterparts, fostering a vibrant hub of tourism and recreation. Characterized by its rugged terrain and scattered sandy beaches, Al-Sawda Island offers breathtaking vistas of the Indian Ocean, creating an idyllic setting for a luxurious tourist retreat. To reach this enchanting destination, visitors can embark on a scenic boat journey or utilize the island's well-equipped port facilities.
The project comprises 57 villa suites, along with a selection of captivating restaurants and lounges, a diving center, and comprehensive hotel facilities. It is committed to providing world-class services and amenities while adhering to the principles of environmental sustainability. The project's remote location, situated 220 kilometers east of Salalah and 60 kilometers from the coast of Hasik, necessitates the establishment of logistical hubs to facilitate the transportation of raw materials between the site and the surrounding areas. The difficulties associated with stabilizing the workforce on-site and ensuring their living needs, particularly given the presence of approximately 400 workers currently involved in the project. The island's unique status as a sanctuary for the environment and wildlife demands the adoption of environmentally friendly construction materials and practices to minimize human intervention and preserve the delicate ecosystem.
The seasonal limitations posed by the rough seas during the autumn period, which restrict construction activities to eight months of the year, potentially hindering the timely delivery of essential materials. The project's grand scale is poised to stimulate economic activity and trade within the governorates of Dhofar, fostering a vibrant and prosperous business environment. The project's role in empowering small and medium-sized enterprises, which serve as the bedrock of Oman's economic development.

4 December, 2023

Agreement signed for the development of a liquid hydrogen route in Oman

Oman's Ministry of Energy and Minerals and Hydrogen Oman (Hydrom) signed a Joint Study Agreement (JSA) with Port of Amsterdam, Zenith Energy Terminals and GasLog for the development of a liquid hydrogen route to market for green hydrogen produced in the Sultanate. The Agreement entails conducting a detailed assessment of the requirements to develop an open-access hydrogen liquefaction, storage and export facility in Oman, along with the provision of specialised vessels for the transportation of the liquid hydrogen, currently under development by GasLog. The primary aim of the Agreement is to establish a green hydrogen corridor between the Sultanate and the Netherlands, with the terminal of Zenith Energy as the destination for the import, regasification and further distribution of Oman-produced hydrogen to both local offtakers within the port of Amsterdam, as well as large industries in the European hinterland.
The open-access liquefaction facility will also enable Oman to explore cost effective hydrogen export corridors to other global markets. It will also unlock great potential for recently awarded projects by Hydrom, offering liquid hydrogen as a viable vector that can be utilised by individual projects for export. Liquefying gaseous hydrogen, shipping of liquid hydrogen and regasification at the destination port is a mode of energy transportation successfully used by the LNG industry. Leveraging the works undertaken by the 'Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain Project', which designed and built the Suiso Frontier, the world's first liquid hydrogen vessel, the partners under this Agreement will aim to develop an energy efficient and zero carbon emission, liquid hydrogen handling chain, which can safely, efficiently and cost effectively deliver commercial quantities of Oman's green hydrogen to international markets well before 2030.

28 November, 2023

Plans underway to launch second sustainable ecolodge in Oman

GCC-based luxury ecolodge company ENVI Lodges has signed an agreement with a consortium of Omani investors to develop ENVI Al Sifah, its second property in the Sultanate. The new eco-retreat, nestled on the shores of Al Sifah, follows the company's announcement in October of its debut project in the Sultanate with mountain ecolodge ENVI Al Jabel Al Akhdar. ENVI Al Sifah is set to open in late 2025 and will feature 40 luxury sea-view tents created by Tenthouse Structures.

28 November, 2023

Construction underway for first green hydrogen ready steel plant in Oman

Construction of Vulcan Green Steel's (VGS) plant - the Sultanate of Oman's first green-hydrogen-ready steel project has commenced. The plant, located in the Duqm Special Economic Zone, aims to be powered entirely using green and renewable energy, and will produce 5 million metric tonnes per annum (5 MTPA) of green steel. The project aims to produce 5 million tonnes of green steel with an investment of up to $3 billions. The significance of this project is paramount as it will produce steel for the automotive sector, electrical tools sector, and also the wind turbine sector. The Authority is currently in discussions with buyers in European and Asian markets. The project will use natural gas in the first phase pending the availability and supply of green hydrogen to the site. Following the first year of the project, the plant will slowly reduce its reliance on natural gas by a rate of 50% until the project becomes green entirely. Scheduled for completion by 2026 and with production starting in 2027, the green steel project of VGS in Duqm will establish a fully integrated green hydrogen-ready steel plant with approximately 85% fewer CO2 emissions than the current global average, before the end of the decade. This project is estimated to achieve a significant 12 million tonnes per annum in CO2 savings.

20 November, 2023

New CO2 emission steel plant to be established in Oman

In a strategic alliance with the Sultanate of Oman, Vulcan Green Steel (VGS), part of the Jindal Steel Group, is embarking on an ambitious journey to establish a groundbreaking low CO2 emission steel project within the Duqm Special Economic Zone. Using a combination of natural gas and renewable electricity, this venture promises to revolutionize sustainable steel production not only in Oman but also on a global scale. VGS has secured a 30-year land lease agreement with the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ) to develop and operate a state-of-the-art integrated steel mill complex on a sprawling 2-million m2 site at the Port of Duqm. This complex serves as a testament to VGS's commitment to decarbonizing a traditionally carbon-intensive industry. It adopts a comprehensive approach, intending to harness green electricity and green hydrogen throughout the supply chain, resulting in an impressive 85% reduction in carbon emissions compared to conventional steel production, which emits up to 2 tonnes of CO2 per tonne of steel.
Beyond the significant economic and environmental advantages this landmark undertaking presents, the integrated steel complex will play a pivotal role in generating both direct and indirect employment opportunities during construction and operation. At its peak construction phase, more than 8,000 workers will be engaged on-site, underscoring the magnitude of this endeavour. When operational, VGS is poised to attract local and international investments into a thriving downstream industry, driven by the availability of high-quality, yet cost-competitive, green steel products in Duqm. Potential investors in this sector include industry leaders in electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, wind energy, and white goods, while small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Duqm area are anticipated to benefit from numerous business opportunities.
Sustainability lies at the heart of VGS's Duqm investment, not only through its use of zero-carbon energy resources but also by maximizing the creation of value for Oman and its local economy as per Oman Vision 2040. As a world-renowned producer of steel, VGS is another venture by the Jindal Steel Group to expedite Oman's economic diversification strategy. The company is also committed to promoting localization, fostering In-Country Value (ICV), nurturing the skills of young Omanis, and nurturing a novel industrial ecosystem centered around sustainable steel production. In essence, the collaboration between VGS and the Omani government aligns seamlessly with Oman Vision 2040, the nation's visionary roadmap for a diversified, sustainable, and economically thriving future. This partnership represents a paradigm shift in industrial investment in Oman, built on the pillars of technological innovation, economic diversification, and unwavering sustainability principles.

15 November, 2023

Contract awarded for development of master plan of a spaceport in Oman

In a major development for the future of space exploration in the Middle East, the National Aerospace Services Company (NASCOM) of Oman has awarded the first major contract for its Etlaq Spaceport in Duqm, to UK Launch Services Ltd (UK LSL). The award was formalized at a signing ceremony held recently at the British Embassy in Muscat. UK LSL will be responsible for designing the official master plan for the Etlaq spaceport, which is projected to be one of the most advanced spaceports in the world. NASCOM has been meticulously laying the groundwork for this innovative spaceport over the past six months, engaging with both local and international stakeholders to set the stage for a project of unparalleled significance. The Etlaq spaceport is an ambitious and visionary project that promises to make a significant mark on the global space industry. It is located in the Wilayat of Duqm on Oman's southeast coast, and is ideally positioned for a variety of space launch missions. The spaceport will also feature a range of state-of-the-art facilities and services, including a launch pad, assembly and testing facilities, and a mission control center. NASCOM believes that the Etlaq spaceport will play a vital role in promoting the development of the space industry in Oman and the wider Middle East region. The spaceport will also serve as a major hub for international space exploration, attracting companies and organizations from around the world.

In addition to the engineering consultancy contract, NASCOM has also been able to secure seed funding for the Etlaq spaceport project from key institutional investors within the Sultanate of Oman. This is a significant milestone for NASCOM, and it demonstrates the strong support for the project from both the public and private sectors.

NASCOM aims to begin breaking ground at the Etlaq spaceport site by the beginning of the second quarter of 2024, as part of a 24-month development plan for the first phase of the project. The company believes that the spaceport will be operational by 2026, and that it will play a major role in the future of space exploration.

The Etlaq spaceport is a truly groundbreaking project, and it is one that has the potential to transform the global space industry. NASCOM and UK LSL are committed to making the Etlaq spaceport a success, and they are confident that it will play a vital role in the future of space exploration.

The award comes on the heels of Monday’s announcement of the successful launch of Oman’s first satellite, Aman-1, on board Falcon 9, a first-ever orbital class rocket capable of reflight. The landmark achievement, spearheaded by ETCO Space, an Oman-based emerging technology innovator, supported by SpaceX: an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company; SatRev: Polish nanosatellite manufacturer and operator and TUATARA: specialists in advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI), data analytics and cognitive technology solutions.

10 November, 2023

MoC signed to develop carbon capture, utilization and storage and blue hydrogen in Oman

The Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Oman signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in the field of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) and blue hydrogen development in the Sultanate of Oman. The MoC was signed with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), Oman Shell, OQGN, and Oxy. The MoC aims to form an expertise house that contributes to the development of the regulatory and strategic framework in this field. The MoC comes as part of the government-led initiatives focused on carbon capture technologies and blue hydrogen production to achieve Oman's energy transition strategy for Energy transition, and the Sultanate of Oman's announcement of achieving net zero by 2050. The CCUS technology presents promising solutions to reduce carbon emissions and achieve Net Zero, particularly in the oil and gas production sectors, industries, and fossil fuel-based power plants.
The Sultanate of Oman's National Strategy for an orderly transition to Net Zero has indicated that CCUS will contribute to a significant reduction (approximately 15%) in domestic emissions, thereby facilitating Oman's journey toward Net Zero by 2050.

8 November, 2023

$20.2m contracts awarded to establish solar energy & housing units in Oman

A'Sharqiyah University, Oman signed two agreements with private sector establishments to provide solar energy and establish student housing units to the tune of RO 7.8 million. The first agreement deals with designing, exporting, installing and connecting a solar energy plant with a capacity of 980 kilowatts. The total cost of this project is estimated at RO 350,000. It is expected to contribute to reducing carbon emissions by 1818 tons. The second agreement, worth RO 7.5 million, is regarding the establishment of 4 student housing units with 132 rooms in each unit. The total capacity of the units will exceed 1,600 students.

8 November, 2023

Agreement signed to establish an integrated truck rest area in Oman

Khazaen Economic City, under the patronage of the Ministry of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology, has recently entered into an investment agreement with the esteemed National Gas Company to establish an integrated Truck Rest Area within Khazaen. The proposed project encompasses a comprehensive range of facilities, including designated parking lots specifically tailored for trucks, a purpose-built accommodation for truck drivers, top-notch vehicle maintenance services, a variety of commercial shops, and various amenities that will support the logistics sector, spanning an impressive area of 50,000 square metres, with a substantial investment value of OMR2.7 million.
This agreement represents one of the strategic investments made by the National Gas Company to promote economic diversification and attract investments in the Sultanate's fastest-growing sectors. Notably, this project stands as the first of its kind in the Sultanate, situated near the first dry port in Oman, the Khazaen Central Fruit and Vegetable Market and Khazaen International Logistics Park.

6 November, 2023

Announcement of launching of biggest e-waste recycling project in Oman

Value creation from electronic waste recycling has commenced in earnest in the Sultanate of Oman with the launch of the country's largest processing plant at Raysut Industrial City in Dhofar Governorate. Evergreen Gulf Recycling Hub (EGRH), with a processing capacity of 20,000 tonnes per annum, has been established on a 10,500 sq metre site. Supported by Canada-based environmental services specialist Sparta Group, the facility is billed as one of the most modern in the Gulf region and suitably equipped to recover optimal recyclable value from all kinds of electronic waste. The Evergreen Gulf Recycling Hub has put in place systems for the collection of e-waste from designated areas around the country, which is then transported to Salalah for processing and recycling. 
In October EGRH signed an agreement with the Port of Duqm Company for the collection of their e-waste from the latter's Muscat and Duqm offices. In opting for EGRH to handle its e-waste, the port cited the recycling hub's AI-enabled technologies that would help with the segregation of the waste at a molecular level. In addition, EGRH is making available facilitate for onsite shredding of hard drives to ensure that any data remaining on the devices is permanently destroyed. Significantly, the Salalah hub has been equipped to process and recycle a wide array of electrical and electronic waste. The list includes computers, monitors, printers and other office equipment, microwave ovens, television and music systems, mobile phones, fluorescent bulbs, air-conditioners, cables, wires and motors, among other items. Recovered after processing are recyclable materials such as ferrous metals, aluminium, plastic and printed circuit boards (PCBs). Sparta Group's role as Technical Partners ensures that the hub's recycling standards are consistently superior.

3 November, 2023

Agreements signed for sustainable agriculture waste products in Oman

Oman Environmental Services Holding Company (be'ah) signed two sustainable agricultural waste agreements in Muscat. The first is an agreement with NTZ Solutions for the 'recycling of green and bulky waste materials into biochar' - a type of charcoal produced from organic materials that can be used as a fertiliser. NTZ Solutions is anticipated to establish the first biochar production facility in Oman. This agreement with be'ah reflects our shared dedication to sustainable waste management practices, resource optimization, and environmental responsibility. As the inaugural biochar production facility in Oman, this project aims to set an example for other entities and countries in the region, in both sustainable waste management and the commercialization potential of green projects. 
The second agreement was signed with Turbah for the recycling of shredded green and bulky waste materials into compost. This partnership aligns with our mission to produce sustainable, non-hazardous value-added products that cater to the growing demand for healthy soil and a diverse ecosystem. The ongoing support from be'ah stands as a testament to the holistic vision encapsulated in the 2040 Vision, and the signing of this contract solidifies a lasting connection between our two organisations. The agreements are anticipated to minimise emissions, enhance the concept of circular economy, and contribute to environmental conservation. These agreements are tangible steps in be’ah’s journey to deliver its strategy and help realise Oman Vision 2040 and the national goal of Net Zero by 2050. Our partnerships with Turbah and NTZ Solutions are essential levers that we will fully utilize to uphold our commitment to sustainable waste management and environmental stewardship.

31 October, 2023

Tenders announced for first phase of road dualisation in Oman

The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology has announced a tender for the Phase 1 dualisation of the landmark carriageway that cuts through the Rub Al Khali (The Empty Quarter) to the newly launched land border between the Sultanate of Oman and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Opened late in 2021, the 725-km desert road starts on the Oman side at Ibri roundabout in the Governorate of Al Dhahirah and extends 161km to the Rub Al Khali checkpoint on the international border. From the Saudi side, the blacktop begins at Al Bat'ha junction and ends at the border checkpoint after covering a distance of 564 kilometres. Phase 1 of the dualisation covers a modest stretch on the Oman side of the carriageway. It starts from the Governor's Roundabout and extends to the Tanam Roundabout in the governorate, covering a distance of 5.159km. 
In addition to the dualisation of this stretch, a further 10km of service roads will also be constructed on either side. Furthermore, the selected contractor will be required to design and construct a pair of smart signallised junctions elsewhere along the main highway. A wadi crossing and other improvements to the IbriHafeet carriageway are also envisioned as part of the tender package. Significantly, the Rub Al Khali road, which now features a full-fledged border checkpoint, will also serve as a principal conduit for passenger and cargo flows between the two countries when a mammoth new integrated economic zone is brought into operation in multiple phases in Al Dhahirah Governorate. The Economic Zone at Al Dhahirah (EZAD), planned for development on a sprawling 388 sq km area of the governorate, will serve as a new economic growth engine in a strategically important part of the country. Located just 20 kilometres from the Rub Al Khali border crossing, EZAD will leverage its advantageous proximity to the massive Saudi market to target manufacturing, mining, oilfield, logistics, renewable energy and a host of other investments. Significantly, EZAD grew out of agreements signed by Oman and Saudi Arabia in February 2023, setting the ground for a new wave of economic cooperation between the two neighbours. It included a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to finance the infrastructure development of EZAD at a cost of RO 100 million. Technical and commercial bids for Phase 1 of the dualisation project are due in by December 10, 2023.

30 October, 2023

Plans underway for design & build contract of a drainage network in Oman

Oman's Muscat Municipality is expected to award the design and build contract for its Al Ansab Phase 2 Storm Water and Sub-surface Drainage Network by the first quarter of 2024. The tender was reissued on 17 October 2023 with a technical bid submission deadline of 26 November and commercial bid submission deadline of 30 November 2023. The contract is expected to be awarded by early March 2024, with the overall project completion and commissioning scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2025. The scope of work involves the construction of Storm Water and Subsurface Drainage network. Drainage pipe channel includes perforated HDPE 600mm diameter pipe of 120 metres length and three catch pits. There could be some variations in the length, the start and end to suit the site requirement. The scope of the work is to carry out survey, prepare the detailed design of the drainage in conformance with Highways Design Standards.

27 October, 2023

$300 agreement signed to establish a polymer manufacturing plant in Oman

Sohar Port and Free Zone signed a sub-usufruct agreement with the International Fine Chemicals Company to establish a polymer manufacturing plant with an investment value of $300 million. The project, covering an area of ​​240,000 square metres, will serve various industries. Including energy production, agriculture, wastewater management, and the pulp and paper industry. This project will work to strengthen supply chains, attract relevant industries, enhance local trade networks, contribute directly to economic growth and attract manufacturing industries, in addition to developing technology and sustainable growth in various sectors, especially energy production, agriculture, water management, and others. The project focuses on high modern technologies used in the production of several economic sectors and targets a number of markets in the region. The project will include industrial units that enter, as a final product of polymer, into several associated industries. This project targets the Gulf, European, North and South American markets, and reaching the main economic regions to provide innovative solutions that contribute to economic growth at the local and global (ONA).

26 October, 2023

Agreement signed for hydrogen & CO2 infra projects in Oman

Building on its vision to support the development of low-carbon energy infrastructure in the Sultanate of Oman, OQ Gas Networks (OQGN) - the newly listed gas transportation company - has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Belgian-based energy infrastructure group Fluxys to explore cooperation in the establishment of hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) infrastructure projects in Oman. The agreement underlines OQGN's dedication to fostering renewable energy and decarbonisation infrastructure in Oman. Fluxys and OQGN are both frontrunners in decarbonisation projects and they share the same key strategic focus on accelerating the energy transition. OQGN is committed to the development to renewable energy and decarbonisation infrastructure in Oman, supporting the country to swiftly become a renewable hydrogen export hub. Underscoring this anticipated role for OQGN in Oman's future green hydrogen economy, the company has signed an MoU with Hydrom, the nation's hydrogen industry master-planner and orchestrator, to explore the development of a pipeline network to support the transportation and storage of green hydrogen from production sites to utilization and export hubs. OQGN also foresees a role for itself in supporting CO2 capture and sequestration initiatives, which are key to reducing the carbon footprint of upstream operations, power and industrial sectors. With the installation of dedicated pipelines, carbon captured from gas-fired power generation and traditional industrial processes, such as cement manufacturing, can be transported to depleted gas fields, for example, for reinjection and storage.

25 October, 2023

First sustainable mountain lodge will be developed in Oman

GCC-based luxury ecolodge company ENVI Lodges has signed an agreement with Oman's Ministry of Defence Pension Fund to develop a sustainable mountain lodge in Al Jabel Al Akhdar, 2,000 metres above sea level. The ecolodge will provide a unique mountain stay experience while promoting environmental conservation in line with the Oman National Tourism Strategy 2040’s target of 11.7 million visitors and 80,000 hospitality keys focused on nature, adventure and sustainable initiatives. Slated to open in 2025, ENVI Al Jabel Al Akhdar will feature 40 luxury expedition tents designed by Tenthouse Structure, a South African architect of tented wilderness developments.

25 October, 2023

Agreement signed to study pilot project on green hydrogen fueling stations in Oman

OQ, a global integrated energy group, represented in the alternative energy sector, signed an agreement with the Ministry of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology, Asyad Group, Oman Oil Marketing Company, and Air Liquide Group. The purpose of this agreement is to conduct a joint study pilot project on green hydrogen fueling stations in the economic zone in Duqm. This initiative is being undertaken due to the abundance of solar and wind energy resources in the region, in addition to its strategic location and proximity to target markets. The concept study encompasses the generation of renewable energy from solar and wind energy, green hydrogen production, the establishment of a hydrogen fueling station, and the operation of green hydrogen-fueled vehicles, including trucks and buses, all within the confines of the Duqm Special Economic Zone. The study aligns with Oman's aspirations to in exploiting green hydrogen fuel within the transportation sector, a pivotal step towards achieving zero carbon neutrality.

17 October, 2023

Agreement signed for developing green energy & steel projects in Oman

Five agreements were signed for green industry projects at the ongoing two-day Duqm Economic Forum in Oman. The government has allocated vast expanses of flat land in the Al Wusta Governorate, near the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZAD), for renewable energy projects, particularly hydrogen production. These sites can easily be connected to the storage and export facilities at Duqm Port or Ras Markaz.
PASEZ signed an agreement for building a $3 billion green steel project with production capacity of five million tonnes per annum. The project named Vulcan Green Steel is promoted by the India-based Jindal Steel Group.
The authority signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Posco-ENGIE coalition for allocating land in SEZAD for green ammonia and hydrogen derivatives production plant. The authority also signed a usufruct agreement with Hyport Duqm- a partnership between Belgium based DEME and OQ - allocating a 150-square-kilometre land parcel in SEZAD.
An MoU with Shell Oman was signed for a green and blue hydrogen-cum-carbon dioxide storage project.  The MoU includes preparing a masterplan to explore possible energy investments in the Special Economic Zone.
Another MoU was signed with BP for a green hydrogen plant.
An agreement was also signed with an Omani-Saudi coalition to implement the dualisation the 51-kilometre main road from Duqm Airport to Ras Markaz at a cost of 57.6 million Omani rials ($150 million). The road is expected to be completed in the second half of 2025 and will connect factories in the designated renewable energy zone in Duqm.

13 October, 2023

Agreement signed for expansion of car storage hub in Oman

Sohar Port and Freezone signed an agreement with the Middle East Group (SFZ) LLC to expand the company's open yard car storage hub within the Sohar Freezone. The latest partnership aligns with the freezone's commitment to bolstering Oman's logistics capabilities and enhancing import and re-export operations. Originally established as a specialised automotive hub, this expansion project has evolved to boost the free zone's capabilities and prioritise logistics excellence. By importing vehicles from renowned manufacturers from countries including Thailand, Japan, Mexico, China, Egypt, and South Africa, and subsequently facilitating their re-export to international markets in North Africa, Sohar Port and Freezone play a pivotal role in facilitating global trade.

12 October, 2023

$7.5 million agreement signed for setting up a polymer products manufacturing factory in Oman

Oranss Technology Company and Mobel Polymers have signed an agreement to establish polymer products manufacturing factory in Samail Industrial City, with an investment value of USD 7 million for its initial phase. An agreement was signed by the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn) for setting up a polymer products manufacturing factory in Samayil Industrial City with an investment of $7.5 million in the first phase. The signing took place on the sidelines of the Home and Building Expo at Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre. The factory's output will serve as a pivotal source of raw materials for various manufacturing sectors within Oman, which were previously reliant on imports, thereby catalysing the growth of Omani industries.

9 October, 2023

RO6mn plans underway for recreational projects in Oman

Dakhiliyah governorate is on the cusp of major developmental changes for its initiative to elevate the region's infrastructure and recreational amenities. In continuation of its developmental efforts, the governorate has announced a number of projects worth over RO6mn to be completed by the end of 2025. Among the anticipated projects are the Dakhiliyah Boulevard, the Nizwa Park, the Nizwa entrance project, and the Jabal Akdar Park. By 2025, they aim to pave around 600km of internal roads. Commercial areas, marketplaces, and a bus station in the Farq area are on the horizon. The Dakhiliyah Boulevard project, designed as a health and recreational milestone, is scheduled to begin next year, 2024. With 35 parks and gardens spanning its nine wilayats and covering a vast 1.35mn sqm, Dakhiliyah's recent accomplishments include the inauguration of the Manah Public Park. The private sector, particularly the Petroleum Development Oman, has played a pivotal role. Their backing, manifest in endeavours like the Khamila Public Park, exhibits a collaborative spirit driving the region's growth reflecting the governorate's commitment to greenery and open spaces. The strides taken in internal road projects, focusing on residential developments. The groundwork for the 2024-25 phase has been laid, with execution set to roll out next year, 2024. In sum, Dakhiliyah governorate's initiatives reflect a strategic, resident-centric vision, geared to elevate the living standards of its inhabitants.

5 October, 2023

Project launched to link island to transmission network in Oman

Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC) is set to embark on a strategic project to link the island of Masirah to OETC's Transmission Network through a 35-km submarine cable with a voltage of 132 kilovolts and 60 kilometres of overhead power transmission lines. The project aligns with Oman Vision 2040 which aims to achieve carbon neutrality by marking a significant step towards reducing carbon emissions. The key project involves linking the island of Masirah to OETC's Transmission Network through a 35-kilometre submarine cable with a voltage of 132 kilovolts and 60 kilometres of overhead power transmission lines. The connection will extend from the Mahout substation at 400/33 kilovolts to the Masirah substation. The consultancy contract for this project was awarded to an experienced firm in December 2023.
Furthermore, the transmission line routes and the marine cable directions have been approved by all relevant authorities, and a tender for project implementation is set to be released, with construction scheduled to commence in 2024. These strategic projects are aimed at realising Oman's Vision of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. They aim to reduce reliance on diesel-based power generation, curb carbon emissions, meet the energy demands of Masirah Island, and accommodate the growing electricity consumption while also facilitating the integration of renewable energy sources. This project includes a unique technological component in the form of the submarine cable, which employs complex and highly critical technologies. The project consultant has completed marine surveys, including geophysical and geotechnical surveys, each with its specialized equipment and expertise. These surveys represent the crucial initial steps required for the construction of the undersea cable.

4 October, 2023

Plans announced to explore direct air capture project in Oman

New York-listed energy giant Occidental is considering a direct air capture (DAC) project in Oman as well as the UAE. Following an announcement that the company would work in partnership with Abu Dhabi state oil giant ADNOC to explore the development of a DAC project - which would trap carbon dioxide produced from fossil fuel burning and store it to prevent it from entering the atmosphere, in ADIPEC session it had presented a replica of a working project to the Sultan of Oman. The ADNOC project with Occidental will be the first venture of its kind for the American company outside the USA.

3 October, 2023

MoU signed to lead development of stimulated geologic hydrogen in Oman

Eden has signed a Memorandum-of-Understanding with the Oman Ministry of Energy and Minerals ('MEM') to lead development of stimulated geologic hydrogen in Oman. As part of the agreement with Oman MEM, Eden will facilitate development of the world's first international test site for research and demonstration of stimulated geologic hydrogen. Eden will begin by conducting a feasibility assessment to identify a site with optimal subsurface conditions for stimulated geologic hydrogen generation. Eden plans to conduct pilot testing of their patented Electrical Reservoir Stimulation ('ERS') technology to enhance the production of geologic hydrogen at the test site in Oman. Eden plans to scale this technology to then lead the first commercial development of stimulated geologic hydrogen in the world.

29 September, 2023

New partnership formed for a pilot carbon mineralization project in Oman

44.01, the Omani carbon mineralisation technology innovator and U.S.-based Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology company Aircapture have partnered for a pilot carbon mineralisation project in Oman. The Berkeley-headquartered Aircapture's modular DAC units will initially provide up to 500 tonnes of high-grade liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) per year for mineralisation by 44.01 with plans to increase after initial pilot testing. The project will begin operations in Oman's Hajar mountains in late 2024. This will be the world's largest peridotite mineralisation project to eliminate atmospheric CO2 and a significant scale up in the deployment of 44.01 and Aircapture's technologies.
44.01 will mineralise the captured atmospheric CO2 in peridotite using their award-winning technology. Peridotite, an ultramafic rock found in abundance across the world, mineralises CO2 naturally in a process that usually takes decades. 44.01's technology accelerates this process, offering a safe, permanent, and scalable way of eliminating CO2 in less than a year. The project will take place at a site in Oman where 44.01 has already completed successful pilots and will also see 44.01 mineralise thousands of tons of CO2 from industrial and biogenic sources.

26 September, 2023

Bids invited to operate & manage castles in Oman

The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism announced the opening of bids to submit competitive offers to manage, operate and utilise the castles of Al Hillah and Khandaq in the Wilayat of Al Buraimi, the Governorate of Al Buraimi. The ministry has set November 16, 2023 as the deadline to submit bidding documents.

25 September, 2023

Contract award is expected for EPCCM service contract in Oman

Oman's OQ Gas Networks (OQGN) is expected to award the engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and management (EPCCM) services contract for various Green and Brownfield Projects to meet requirements of existing facilities by the first quarter 2024. The tender for EPCC contract was issued on 9 August 2023 and the technical and commercial bid submission date is scheduled on 25 September 2023. The EPCC contract is expected to awarded by mid of January 2024. The scope of work involves includes new pipelines and Gas Supply stations (GSS) and associated transmission pipelines, new pipeline connection projects to new consumers (Public Establishment for Industrial Estates - Madayn), and brownfield improvement and de-bottlenecking projects. The operational period of the contract is envisioned as three years with optional extension of one plus one year. The project is slated for completion by the fourth quarter of 2025, estimate of the project cost is $100 million.

25 September, 2023

Tender floated for infrastructure advisory services for an economic zone in Oman

The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (Opaz) has announced through the electronic tender system (ESNAD) a tender for Omani and Saudi companies to bid for providing advisory services for designing and supervising the implementation of infrastructure facilities for the Integrated Economic Zone at Al Dhahirah Governorate (EZAD). Opaz invited local specialised companies to get the terms and conditions of the tender from the website of the General Secretariat of the Tender Board. The deadline for participating and purchasing the tender documents was set for October 2, 2023. Opaz set the date for interested companies in bidding for the project to visit the Zone on 3 October, 2023 and the deadline for receiving bids was set on 26 October, 2023.
The tender was announced after Opaz had finished its thorough analysis and plans for establishing the Integrated Economic Zone at Al Dhahirah Governorate. The scope of this tender includes the design and supervision of the first phase's infrastructure facilities, including roads, electrical installations, water and sewage networks, telecommunications networks, gas networks, industrial waste treatment and necessary area facilities like administrative and commercial buildings and some ancillary facilities. The initial phase of the comprehensive plan for the construction of the Integrated Economic Zone at Al Dhahirah is currently being finalised by Opaz. This zone plays a strategic role in enhancing bilateral trade between the Sultanate of Oman and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by attracting companies from the two countries to establish their projects within the Zone and find economic partnerships to reduce the production and export costs, make it easier to supply goods and products and provide high-quality industries. Additionally, the zone provides job opportunities for Omanis in various sectors and industries, streamlined with Oman's Vision 2040 goals.

22 September, 2023

Competitive tender launched for installation of subsea cable in Oman

Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC) has launched a competitive tender for the installation of a subsea power cable that will provide cost-competitive electricity from the national grid to Masirah Island off the country's eastern seaboard. OETC underlined the significance of the project for its ongoing efforts to modernize its transmission infrastructure. This is one of the first-in-kind projects in the Sultanate of Oman and will contribute to meet the demand growth, improve system resiliency, eliminating diesel resource and hence meeting the net zero target and cost reduction. The cable – spanning a total distance of 33 kilometres under the Masirah Channel – is proposed to extend from a 132 kV overhead transmission running 60 kilometres from Mahout on the mainland all the way to the coast. When operational by around late 2026, the project will help end Masirah Island's longstanding dependence of diesel-powered electricity generation and enable supplies from a national grid that is being increasingly served by solar and wind-based power generation.
A network of diesel-powered plants operated by the Rural Areas Electricity Company (Tanweer) – part of Nama Group – currently meets the island's energy needs. But with parts of the island designated for significant infrastructure, commercial, economic, fisheries and tourism development, electricity demand growth is anticipated to climb sharply in the coming years. It is expected that international companies will be the principal contenders for the subsea power cable contract, given the overall novelty of this initiative in the Sultanate of Oman. Under a separate tender, OETC invited bids for a construction of a 132/33kV grid station on Masirah Island which, upon the installation of the undersea cable, will be connected with a similar grid station on the mainland at Mahout. Significantly, Masirah's planned connectivity with the main grid has been made possible by OETC's flagship Rabt project – an estimated $1 billion initiative to link the standalone grids of north Oman with Dhofar. Currently being undertaken in two phases, the 400 kV interconnection enables the transmission system to veer eastwards towards Masirah and Duqm as its travels south to connect with the Dhofar system. Final submissions for the two contracts are due in by October 31, 203.

19 September, 2023

Plans unveiled to build pipeline to transport hydrogen in Oman

There is a plan to build a network of pipelines to transport hydrogen in the Sultanate of Oman in three wilayats. Oman is planning to build a network of pipelines with a length of 2,000 km within the country to transport green fuel, with the potential to connect it with its neighbours. Its a long-term plan for hydrogen transportation to three industrial areas, such as Al Duqm, Al Jazir and Salalah in the Sultanate of OmanOman wants to remove some of the burdens on industry developers by launching a network of pipelines to transport hydrogen. The Sultanate of Oman aspires to develop green hydrogen projects and has succeeded in attracting the interest of investors and the International Energy Agency, in light of expectations that the country will join the leading fuel exporting countries by 2030. They are aiming to launch an appropriate infrastructure to transport water and electricity that the green hydrogen industry needs from renewable energy sources, and the first phase of the plan aims to build a network of pipelines to transport hydrogen fuel to serve three green hydrogen industrial zones in the country. It is intended to connect the Wilayats of Al Duqm and Al Jazir in the first phase to a network of hydrogen transport pipelines, and in 2040, it will connect Salalah to the two wilayats. Oman has plans to connect low-cost renewable energy generation centres in the south with other wilayats in the north of the country, such as those in the Al Batinah North Governorate, through a network of prospective hydrogen fuel transportation pipelines. The final phase of the hydrogen transport network plan comes in 2050, when these areas are connected to Muscat. A government report had previously indicated that linking supplies with demand logistically is one of the challenges facing the Sultanate of Oman, estimating the value of investments needed by a pipeline network to transport hydrogen at about $3 billion.

19 September, 2023

Plans underway to development of new economic zone in Oman

Initial groundwork on a new integrated economic zone, designed to capitalize on an upsurge in investment and economic seen the Sultanate of Oman and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is set commence in earnest in Oman's Al Dhahirah Governorate. The Economic Zone at Al Dhahirah (EZAD), planned for development on a sprawling 388 sq km area of the governorate, will serve as a new economic growth engine in a strategically important part of the country. Located just 20 kilometres from the border crossing established on Oman's border with Saudi Arabia in The Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali), EZAD will leverage its advantageous proximity to the massive Saudi market to target manufacturing, mining, oilfield, logistics, renewable energy and a host of other investments. Omani Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ), which is overseeing the development of EZAD, invited suitably qualified local and international consultancy firms to compete for a contract to undertake the preliminary and detailed design, among other services, linked to the zone. But in keeping with a commitment to opening up contracting opportunities to Saudi players as well, in the case of select projects, competition for this contract will be limited to bidders from Oman and Saudi Arabia, or joint ventures between the two. But given the green-field nature of EZAD, design and supervision work will be limited to the first phase of 6.5 sq kilometres of a total master-planned area of 20 sq kilometes. Bids are due in by October 26, 2023. Significantly, EZAD grew out of agreements signed by Oman and Saudi Arabia in February 2023, setting the ground for a new wave of economic cooperation between the two neighbours. It included a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to finance the infrastructure development of EZAD at a cost of RO 100 million.

18 September, 2023

Plans underway for a hospital expansion & modification project in Oman

Oman's Ministry of Health is expected to award the design and build contract for its Nizwa Hospital Expansion and Modification project, located in Al Dakhiliyah Governorate in the Wilayat of Bowsher by the fourth quarter of 2023. The tender for the design and build contract was re-issued on 25 June 2023 with a submission deadline of 6 September 2023. The contract award is expected by end of fourth quarter of 2023. The technical bids were opened on 20 July, 2023 while the financial bids were opened on 6 September, 2023. The financial bids were submitted Dawood Contracting ($5.4 million), Nafal Contracting and Trading Co ($8.7 million); Al Adrak Trading and Contracting ($49.6 million), and Alyam Enterprises ($7 million).
The Nizwa Hospital extension includes addition of new buildings and medical equipment, as well as raising the number of beds for various specialisations. The project is slated for completion in first quarter 2025 & the estimate of the project cost is $50 million.

15 September, 2023

RO488mn approved for strategic projects across Oman

In its fifth meeting of the year, the Tender Board, chaired by Minister of Economy, approved important projects, the total value of which exceeds RO488.7mn. Some of the approved projects are:
-  Oman Cultural Complex: The board cleared RO147.8mn for the design and construction of the complex.
-  Infrastructure enhancements: Several infrastructure projects got the green light, including the first phase of the Batinah coastal road in North Batinah and South Batinah for RO78.95mn, dualisation of Al Ansab-Al Jifnain road for RO53mn, and a new Ministry of Health building for RO7.85mn.
Salalah developments: In Salalah, approved projects include construction of the Atin Road intersection on November 18 Street (RO7.5mn), Sultan Taimur Street dualisation (RO6.2mn) and Al Farouq Street dualisation (RO4.9mn).
Infrastructure expansion: Projects include the design and implementation of Wadi Bani Jaber Road (Phase II) for RO4.4mn, allocation of a channel on Arabsat Badr-6 (RO4.1mn), drainage network construction in Salalah (RO3.9mn) and air traffic management system maintenance (RO3.5mn).
Local Roads: RO3.4mn has approved for paving internal roads in Bidiyah, North Sharqiyah.
Sports infrastructure: Preparations for the Hockey's World Cup in Amerat received funding of RO3.1mn.
Additional Consultation Services: RO1.6mn was approved for engineering consultation services for Oman Botanic Garden and RO160,000 for the Al Nama Hospital project in North Sharqiyah.

7 September, 2023

Agreement signed to establish center for innovation and entrepreneurship in Oman

The Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn) and the Oman-Indian Fertilizer Company (Omifco) signed an agreement to establish the Omifco Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Sur Industrial City. This agreement stems from the plans of Sur Industrial City to support innovation and entrepreneurship in the Sultanate of Oman in general, and the Governorate of South Al Sharqiyah in particular, by providing an incubator environment for their projects. The agreement aims to enhance the role of entrepreneurship and innovation and embrace emerging companies in various sectors. The centre will work as a pioneering environment to provide packages of services to entrepreneurs, which include shared workspaces, private offices, consulting services, training programmes and seminars, and technical support, which will enhance the culture of entrepreneurship in the governorate and provide owners with ideas and projects for the labour market. The centre is expected to become operational within 24 months.

5 September, 2023

Plans underway to transform nature park in Oman

Nestled in the heart of Salalah, the sprawling Iteen Nature Park is one of Dhofar's most popular settings for social and cultural events, and informal family get-togethers as well. Now, in an effort to enhance its appeal, Dhofar Municipality is partnering with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) in the development of a full-fledged natural park replete with attractions and amenities to appeal to visitors of all ages. Total investment in the initiative is about RO 5 million, which includes a contribution of RO 2 million from PDO. The project is one of six civic and tourism enhancement initiatives being implemented by Dhofar Municipality targeting key sites across the governorate. The Iteen Nature Park project will transform a 273,000 sq metre area of Iteen Plain into a new, spectacular landmark in the government. A tender for the implementation of the project is expected to be floated shortly.
Once redeveloped, Iteen Nature Park will captivate visitors with its diverse range of natural wonders, including cascading waterfalls, lush forests, and meticulously manicured gardens. Complementing these natural marvels are an array of world-class recreational amenities such as picturesque hiking trails, idyllic picnic spots, and a state-of-the-art playground. Furthermore, the project will make a significant economic impact as well, in the form of job creation, growth in tourism revenues, and other knock-on benefits.

4 September, 2023

Plans underway for a new sustainable city in Oman

A new sustainable city is planned for development east of Al Dahariz as part of the Greater Salalah master-plan in Dhofar Governorate. The new city will have a length of 5 km and will be home to about 30,000 to 40,000 inhabitants. It will have six hotel facilities with a total of 1,100 rooms, all of which will be located in the commercial heart of the city and in front of the marina. The city will be designed to be sustainable in a number of ways. It will use renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power. It will also have a rainwater harvesting system and a waste water treatment plant. The buildings in the city will be designed to be energy efficient and to use recycled materials.
The development of the sustainable city east of Al-Dahariz is part of Oman's Vision 2040, which aims to make the country a more sustainable and prosperous nation. In addition to the sustainable city east of Al-Dahariz, Oman is also developing other sustainable cities. One such city is the Yiti Sustainable City, which is located in Muscat. The Yiti Sustainable City is set to be the largest operational sustainable community in the world. It will use a variety of sustainable technologies, such as solar power, rainwater harvesting, and waste water treatment. The development of sustainable cities is an important part of Oman's efforts to reduce its environmental impact and to improve the quality of life for its citizens. The sustainable cities that are being built in Oman are setting an example for other countries and are helping to make the world a more sustainable place. The Greater Salalah project is a major economic driver for the region and will create jobs and opportunities for the people of Dhofar. The MOHUP gave a presentation on the project, outlining the goals of the project, which are to: Accommodate the growing population density; Attract investment; Boost the economy; Improve the quality of services; and Enhance the infrastructure and transportation system of the governorate.

30 August, 2023

Worlds largest green steel plant launched in Oman

Oman is on the cusp of making history in the steel industry with the ambitious launch of Vulcan Green Steel in Duqm, a ground-breaking initiative by Jindal Steel Group. This project aligns with Oman's commitment to reaching Net Zero Emissions by 2050 and positions the country as a trailblazer in green steel production. Scheduled for completion by 2026, the mega green steel project in the Special Economic ­­Zone at Duqm (SEZAD) will establish a six million metric tons per annum (6 MTPA) green hydrogen-ready steel plant. This project is estimated to achieve an astounding 12 million tonnes per annum CO2 savings, making a significant positive impact on global emissions reduction. The project represents a marquee initiative in the fight against climate change and marks a new era of large-scale green steel production. Powered entirely by renewable energy and green hydrogen, it is set to become one of the largest green steel investments in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries, generating anticipation and excitement worldwide.
The Green Steel project, to be carried out by Vulcan Green Steel and Jindal Shadeed Iron & Steel in Duqm with investments exceeding 1.3 Billion Omani Rials, represents a pioneering step in Oman's journey to become a global hub for green industries. These industries will benefit from green hydrogen and renewable energy projects. The project will mark the beginning of large-scale industrial projects that will solidify Oman's presence on the world map as an attractive destination for foreign direct investments in this promising sector and its role in providing meaningful employment opportunities for national talent. At its core, this ground-breaking initiative supports international efforts to combat climate change by harnessing the power of green hydrogen. By utilising this innovative technology, the project significantly reduces the carbon footprint inherent in steel production, making it an irresistible choice for environmentally conscious industries worldwide. Unlike conventional methods of transporting green hydrogen in the form of green ammonia with minimal value addition, this project will process green hydrogen within Oman to do value addition and make green steel. This strategic approach encourages the creation and development of a robust green hydrogen ecosystem within the nation. Furthermore, by focusing on in-country value addition, the project takes significant strides in reducing transportation-related carbon emissions while simultaneously supporting the growth of green technology and steelmaking expertise within Oman. This commitment to sustainability and the utilisation of renewable resources serves as a powerful testament to Oman's dedication to becoming a global leader in environmentally responsible practices.

30 August, 2023

Water network expansion project implemented in Oman

The Centralised Utilities Company (Marafiq), a joint venture owned by OQ; a subsidiary of Oman Investment Authority (OIA), implemented a water network expansion project in parts of Sayy neighbourhood at the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (Sezad). This move stems from Marafiq's plan to connect different investment projects as well as residential and commercial properties with its water network. Company's strategy focuses on the availability of water in sufficient quantities and of high quality in various investment and residential areas at Sezad with attention to enhancing efficiency and sustainability of water resources and making optimal use of them. It included the expansion of the water distribution network in parts of the Sayy neighbourhood (schemes 53, 54 and 55) with a length of 15km. During the project implementation period, Marafiq awarded a number of works to small and medium-sized enterprises, such as drilling and pipe installation. Companies operating in the water sector have achieved many gains as a result of the water network expansion, in addition to the other economic and social benefits.
Currently, the length of pipelines transporting water in the region is 46 kilometres, while the length of the pipelines of the water distribution network is 131 kilometres.

28 August, 2023

Agreement signed for establishment of industrial gases production facility in Oman

Sohar Port and Freezone signed a land lease agreement with Air Care Systems Company (FZC) to establish a manufacturing unit for industrial and medical gases in Sohar Freezone. Under the terms of this agreement, Air Care Systems Company will produce industrial and medical gases, including liquid oxygen, liquid nitrogen, and liquid argon. This advanced production unit will be powered by Air Separation Unit (ASU) technology, ensuring top-tier quality and efficiency. Pak Oman Investment Company is the structural and financial advisor for the project. Covering a land area of 15,000 sqm, the project is a convergence of Chinese and European technologies, backed by a robust $10mn investment. Leveraging natural air as a feedstock, the ASU project manages power and fuel resources strategically for optimal production efficiency. With a target daily production capacity of 110 tonnes per day, the project aims to extend its market reach across the GCC, Yemen, and the MENA region, positioning Oman as a key player in the gas manufacturing industry. The primary objective of Air Care Systems Company's project is to cater to the growing regional demand for industrial and medical gases while simultaneously reinforcing the self-reliance of the healthcare sector. The project aligns with several objectives, including fostering industrial growth, supplying local contractors with essential gases, and promoting technological advancement.

25 August, 2023

Implementation of new interconnect project to boost power trade in Oman

Oman's electricity authorities are evaluating the benefits of implementing a new interconnect project that will link the main grid of the Sultanate of Oman with Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states via the GCC Interconnection Authority (GCCIA). When approved and eventually operationalized, the initiative will be the second such interconnect between Oman and the GCC bloc, the first having been established in 2012 at Mahadha where a 220 kV system links Oman with the GCCIA via the UAE (Abu Dhabi) power system. This time around, Nama Power and Water Procurement Co (PWP) is weighing a direct 400 kV interconnect from Ibri to Silaa on the UAE's border with Saudi Arabia. This project would provide direct access to all GCCIA Member States and would enhance the benefits in stability, generation planning, and trade opportunities relative to the existing 220 kV link via the UAE.
Significantly, the proposed interconnect project has already been the subject of a detailed study by the GCCIA. It centres on the construction of a 500-km long 400 kV AC link. The study's outcomes indicated that the net transfer capacity to the Sultanate of Oman would increase from 400 MW to about 1,300 MW. Accordingly, it is expected that the two interconnects would contribute more to the planning reserve requirements. Oman's interconnection with the GCC power system has enabled firm support during emergencies, while also opening up opportunities for trades in electricity, and coordination in planning and operating reserves. The double circuit link at Mahadha supports reliable transfers of up to 400 MW with the potential to carry up to 800 MW in emergencies. The link has provided emergency reserves on a number of occasions, preventing power failures in the MIS (Main Interconnected System of Oman). Firm capacity exchanges between Oman and the GCC systems have taken place on multiple occasions, notably during 2016 and 2018. Oman's PWP had also exported capacity to a GCCIA member state during the summer periods of 2020, 2021 and 2022. As for the current status of the new interconnect initiative, it is currently in the planning stages. Following approval and a confirmed development timetable, the expanded interconnect capacity and the assessment of capacity benefit of reserve-sharing would be included in PWP's 7-year resource planning.

25 August, 2023

Plans released for development of a proposed smart city in Oman

US architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has released a new plan for a proposed smart city in Oman, with construction slated to start next year, 2024. The 14.8 square kilometre Sultan Haitham City is located west of Muscat and will accommodate 100,000 people with 20,000 housing units. The first phase, which runs until 2030, will develop the five-square-kilometre city centre and six of the development's 19 planned neighborhoods. The final phase is expected to be completed by 2045.

24 August, 2023

$300M agreement signed for develop crpto-mining farm in Oman

Reinforcing Oman's appeal as a destination for data center and cryptocurrency mining services, Muscat based Green Data City and Abu Dhabi-headquartered Phoenix Group have signed an agreement to develop a 150MW crypto-mining farm in Oman. The new farm will be installed in Green Data City and should be fully operational by Q2 2024, becoming one of the largest crypto-mining data centers in the region. Phoenix Group is a regional leader of mining equipment backed by MicroBT, with strong expertise in mining operations in the Middle-East. The signatories of the agreement have chosen the Sultanate of Oman due to the long-term security provided by the Green Data City mining license, the common vision to develop cryptocurrencies mining and AI applications with the Ministry of Transport, Communication and IT, and the cooler weather in Oman, in particular in the Governorate of Dhofar, which reduces the cooling energy consumption to a minimum, making Oman one the most sustainable destination for mining in the region. Environmental and social responsibility being at the top of the mission statement, the developers will build the $300 million farm with modular units to reduce the impact on the land, install solar shades, and employ specialized technicians from the local community. Younger students and graduates will be able to get acquainted.
With the mining operations through a partnership with universities in Oman, in a long-term vision to strengthen the country's capabilities on cryptocurrencies, next generation finance, and IT innovation. GDC has already completed the proof-of-concept phase started in November 2022, with 4 mining companies on site (four miners from Oman and one international), and with the most advanced immersion cooling systems to avoid consuming water. Green Data City will continue to allocate mining capacities, under the leadership of the MTCIT, and to provide a stable eco-system for crypto infrastructure, with power consumption reduction, renewable electricity, and long-term contracts for miners. Green Data City LLC operates the first license for sustainable crypto-mining in Oman since 2022. International mining companies can register and operate in Green Data City with long term agreements. The first phase of development consists of 200MW of mining capacity, the second phase will reach 400MW hyperscale data center capacity with natural cooling, renewable energies and downstream applications. Real estate and hospitality investments will join the development of the new eco-system, and create the next generation data & blockchain eco-system in the region. Founded in 2016, the Phoenix Group manages 725MW across global mining facilities, with a presence spanning Canada, North America, CIS, and the UAE. With a strong international presence, the Group operates diverse locations and employs over 177 professionals from 16 different nationalities. Services provided encompass mining, hosting, and cooling, alongside investments in web3 technologies and regulated digital asset exchanges. It has recently added systematic trading to its diverse portfolio of businesses.

23 August, 2023

Construction of 210 km long road project begins in Oman

The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT), represented by the General Directorate of Roads and Land Transport in Dhofar Governorate, has started the implementation of the Harweb - Al Mazyounah - Meiten road project in Dhofar Governorate, one of the strategic projects implemented by the Ministry within its implementation plan for the current year, 2023. The project starts from Harweb area and ends in Meiten area in the wilayat of Al Mazyounah, with a length of 210 km. The cross-section of the road consists of two traffic lanes with a width of 3.5 meters for each lane, asphalt shoulders with a width of (half) a meter on each side, and dirt shoulders with a width of (one and a half meters) from each side. The construction of these roads will be taken into account according to the standard specifications approved in the Road Design Manual, and they will be provided with all traffic safety requirements, including concrete and metal barriers, guiding regulations, and ground and warning paints. This project is considered one of the important connecting roads in the Dhofar Governorate, and would contribute to facilitating the flow of traffic between the regions of the Wilayat of Al Mazyounah, strengthening social ties and stimulating commercial and economic movement with the rest of the wilayats of the Sultanate of Oman.

23 August, 2023

Biggest data center is preparing to launch in Oman

Leading Omani data centre services provider Datamount is preparing to shortly launch one of Oman's biggest data centres at a site in Muscat Governorate. Al Bandar Centre, set to be inaugurated in the Wilayat of Al Seeb, is the company's third facility after centres in Muscat and Al Jabal al Akhdhar. Upon its completion over three phases, Al Bandar Centre will accommodate more than 700 racks designed according to the specifications and standards required to meet the requirements of the level (Uptime Tier III) and (TIA 942 Rated 3). The centre has recently been connected to the electricity network and chilled water lines provided by Tabreed Oman. In preparation for commercial operation, the work teams are currently working on calibrating devices and systems and conducting accurate tests for all complex systems associated with the centre, including electricity distribution, cooling mechanisms, fire prevention and control protocols, access safety measures, and centre structure control systems, complete and double backup generators, double data transmission lines and double electric rooms. 
The cooling systems are designed to operate with cooling exchange systems which also come in double; the centre is also equipped with an internal cooling device that works with cold water (chiller) as an additional supplement. The quick spread of digital technologies positively impacts the economy of the Sultanate of Oman, while also contributing to diversifying sources of income and creating job opportunities, whether for Omani youth or small and medium enterprises. This in turn will contribute to raising the development indicators of Oman and advancing the digital transformation, thereby ensuring the continuity and growth of the digital economy, artificial intelligence and cloud services in government and private sector. Al Bandar Data Centre can cover the current demand of the local, regional, and international market.

22 August, 2023

Off-plot delivery contracts awarded in Oman

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), the national oil company for the sultanate, has awarded two significant off plot delivery contracts (ODCs) to Omani construction majors - Al Tasnim Enterprises and Galfar Engineering & Contracting. As per the deal, Al Tasnim company will oversee the South ODC, which encompasses Nimr, Amal, Marmul and Greater Berba, while Galfar will be responsible for the Qarn Alam and Saih Rawl areas. The entire project work will be completed within seven years.

22 August, 2023

Construction update of municipal projects in Oman

A number of municipal projects executed by North Al Batinah Municipality in the Wilayat of Shinas has been completed. These projects included the design and asphalt/pavement works of internal roads and other works. In the field of service roads, the Municipality has completed pavement of roads, the design and pavement of kilometres of internal roads, maintenance of damaged roads have reached a completion of 85 percent of such roads have competed in an area of 990 square metres in the various parts of the Wilayat of Shinas. The Municipality also continues with the development works at the seafront project with completion percentage of 72 percent while the completion percentage reached 20 percent in the project for the supply and installation of some kiosks for entrepreneurs and owners of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and jobseekers. This is in addition to several taxi waiting areas with completion of 100 percent in the various parts of the Wilayat of Shinas.

22 August, 2023

Plans underway for developing interconnection link in Oman

A direct 400 kV interconnection from Oman's Ibri to the UAE's Silaa border with Saudi Arabia and linking to Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) has been evaluated and is in the planning process, Nama Power and Water Procurement Company (Nama PWP) published in its 2023-2029 power outlook report. The study's outcome indicated that the net transfer capacity to the Sultanate will increase from 400 megawatts (MW) to about 1,300 MW. The 500-kilometre-long link will provide direct access to all GCCIA member states and enhance the benefits in stability, generation planning, and trade opportunities relative to the existing 220 kV link via UAE. Nama PWP is presently exploring several potential transactions with other power systems.

21 August, 2023

Announcement of new off plot delivery contracts signed in Oman

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) announces the conferral of two significant Off Plot Delivery Contracts (ODCs) to Al Tasnim Enterprises LLC company and Galfar Engineering & Contracting SAOG company, extending over seven years. Al Tasnim company will oversee the South ODC, which encompasses Nimr, Amal, Marmul and Greater Berba, while Galfar company will be responsible for the Qarn Alam and Saih Rawl areas. These strategic partnerships exemplify PDO's commitment to excellence and long-term collaboration with its contractors.

21 August, 2023

Plans underway for developing solar projects in Oman

Nama Power & Water Procurement Company (Nama PWP), the sole buyer of power and water output in the Sultanate of Oman, has identified for procurement a new large-scale solar PV based Independent Power Project (IPP) with a launch date penciled in for 2029. The proposed mega-scale venture, provisionally labelled Solar PV IPPs 2029, will boast an aggregate capacity of 1000 MW comprising of two IPPs of 500 MW apiece. The procurement strategy for the project will mirror the approach applied by PWP in the award recently of the Manah I & II Solar PV IPPs to two different consortiums each securing a 500 MW capacity share for simultaneous implementation at a site in the Wilayat of Manah. This project is a single procurement process, in which there will be separate single awards for each site, to different developers. Each project will have contracted maximum offtake capacity of around 500 MW using PV technology. Significantly, Solar PV IPPs 2029 will be the sixth utility-scale soar PV project slated for implementation in Oman as part of PWP's strategy to secure 30 per cent of the country's power needs from renewables by 2030.
Preceding its procurement and implementation is MIS Solar IPP 2027 - a 500 MW utility-scale solar PV provisionally planned for development at a site within Al Wusta Governorate. Procurement activities related to this project - the fifth solar PV scheme in PWP's renewable energy programme - will likely commence only in 2025, with commercial launch targeted during 2027.

21 August, 2023

Announcement of the revival of a long-stalled water resources in Oman

Oman's water authorities have announced the revival of a long-stalled initiative to harness the water resources of Wadi Dayqah Dam in Muscat Governorate – a move designed to help augment potable water supplies, as well as meet the irrigation needs of local farmers. Constructed in 2011, Wadi Dayqah Dam is presently the country's biggest man-made reservoir with a capacity to hold an estimated 100 million cubic metres of rainwater runoff at full capacity. The dam site, located in the Wilayat of Qurayyat, is a major draw for tourists, boaters and other weekend visitors. State-owned Nama Power and Water Procurement Co (PWP), the sole buyer of new power and potable water output, revealed recently that a proposal for the procurement of an Independent Water Project (IWP) that will tap Wadi Dayqah's resources, is now back on the front-burner.
It follows a request by Nama Water Services (formerly Oman Water & Wastewater Services Co) calling for a revival of the IWP initiative. Nama Water Services has requested PWP to resume the project development of Wadi Dhayqah IWP and requested to procure a capacity of 65,000 m3/d, provided that the project will supply 35,000 m3/d of desalinated water to Nama Water Services network, while the rest of the capacity will be supplied to the farmers for irrigation water in the local vicinity. PWP initiated the procurement in coordination with the Authority for Public Services Regulation (APSR) and relevant stakeholders, supplies to local farmers will be coordinated through the Ministry of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries Wealth and Water Resources. A previous effort to procure a privately funded and operated water project was launched in 2019, with the PWP inviting interested developers to submit Expressions of Interest (EoIs). It centred on a proposal for the development of a surface water treatment plant with a net production capacity of 125,000 m3 per day. The IWP was proposed to be set up at a distance of about 6.5km from the reservoir and connected to the reservoir and the transmission network via new pipelines. Further details, alongside a procurement timeframe, about the scaled-down version of the IWP will be disclosed in the next edition of the 7-Year Statement, which is scheduled to be published next year. When eventually operational, the Wadi Dayqah IWP will the first water project in the Sultanate of Oman that will use surface water as feedstock, as opposed to seawater, which is presently the principal resource for potable water production in desalination projects.

14 August, 2023

$35m projects plans are underway in Oman

Samail Industrial City, affiliated to Oman's Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn), has signed 15 investment contracts worth OMR13.5 million ($35 million) in the first half of 2023. These newly localised projects span across a total area of 100,000 sq m, reinforcing Samail Industrial City's standing as an ideal investment hub under the management of Madayn. The total count of localised projects within the industrial city now stands at 156, which include 94 projects at the production stage, 43 under construction and 19 projects at the stage of preparation of the plans and drawings, where the total investment value of these projects has amounted to OMR150 million on a total area of 2.2 million sq m. Madayn's ongoing projects in Samail include the medical fitness examination building that is 90% complete. Madayn is also implementing the complementary works for the industrial city that have progressed to 98%, which include a dual-lane road linking Samail Industrial City with the expressway. Moreover, the connection of the septic tank of phase 2 with phase 1 has achieved a completion rate of over 98%. 
Madayn has divided Samail Industrial City into diverse sectors, each with its unique focus. These sectors comprise the food industry, currently occupied at over 17% capacity; logistics, which registers an occupancy rate of over 34%; building materials, with an occupancy rate of over 26%; the steel and wood sector, flourishing with a substantial occupancy rate exceeding 60%; the plastic and paper sector, thriving at a notable occupancy rate of over 85%; the marble sector, showcasing an occupancy rate of over 78%; and the SMEs sector, with an occupancy rate of over 34%.
Additionally, preliminary feasibility studies have been conducted on several key investment opportunities within Samail Industrial City. These opportunities include diverse sectors such as dairy and juice production, date products manufacturing and packaging, breakfast cereal production, dolomite processing, water leakage prevention solutions, copper bars and sheets manufacturing, gypsum production, electrical conductors manufacturing, glossy ceramics production, HVAC equipment manufacturing, electrical switch manufacturing, marble product manufacturing, and prefabricated building production. Samail Industrial City has initiated collaborative efforts with partners to promote the Facility Building, which spans a total area exceeding 16,000 sq m and offers rentable space of over 12,000 sq m. The building also features Masar Service Centre, which offers an integrated platform for investors to obtain approvals, permits and licenses necessary for their projects under one roof and within a defined timeframe.

14 August, 2023

Agreement signed for provision of maritime services for ships in Oman

Sohar Port and the Freezone signed three agreements with a number of companies operating in the field of sea transport for the provision of maritime services for ships which anchor at the port. The agreement's signing is a step to empower the sustainable growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and to further boost entrepreneurship. The agreements were signed with Al Risiah Shipping and Trading Services; Gulf Global Land and Sea Services and National Marine Services. The three companies will offer ship cleaning services, underwater surveys and underwater repair among other services. This cooperation opens horizons for the achievement of in-country value (ICV) and provides SMEs with the opportunity to offer high-quality services for ships with low maintenance costs and reaffirms the commitment of Sohar Port and the Freezone to the enhancement of the sea transport industry.

10 August, 2023

Agreement signed to develop & manage port in Oman

The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology, Oman signed a framework agreement with 'QSS Maritime' to develop, manage and operate Shinas Port. The agreement stems from the ministry's efforts to attract more foreign investments, as well as international and local companies specialized in the management and operation of ports. Under the agreement, the company will develop, manage and operate Shinas Port through 3 phases. The first stage includes the formation of a committee to receive and hand over the port.
The second phase will see the start of development, management and operation of Shinas port, with effect from 1 November 2023. This phase also includes the preparation of a commercial and marketing plan and a new masterplan covering a period of 8 months. Final negotiations will begin during the third stage, a period of 12 months during which steps will be taken to prepare for signing of a long-term agreement to develop, manage and operate the port for a period of 30 years.

10 August, 2023

Agreement signed for new aquaculture project in Oman

Bahwah Services and Trading LLC and Muscat Investment House, have joined forces with Singapore-based Blue Aqua International to embark on a groundbreaking aquaculture project. The collaborative effort aims to construct a state-of-the-art facility spanning 22 hectares of land in Shinas, Oman. The project is projected to yield substantial quantities of white shrimp, Rainbow Trout and aquafeed, contributing significantly to Oman's aquaculture production. The aquaculture project in Shinas holds immense promise, with an estimated production capacity of 1.32 million metric tonnes (MT) of white shrimp, 3,000 MT of Rainbow Trout, and 30,000 MT of aquafeed. This ambitious venture will not only enhance Oman's self-sufficiency in seafood production but also position the nation as a major player in the aquaculture sector. The aquaculture project will leverage advanced technologies and sustainable practices to maximise productivity while minimising environmental impact. The implementation of efficient water management systems, waste treatment protocols, and biosecurity measures will ensure the project meets the highest global standards for sustainability and quality assurance.
The establishment of the aquaculture project in Shinas is expected to generate employment opportunities and drive economic growth in the region. The project will create jobs across various sectors, including farming, processing, logistics, and research and development. Moreover, the initiative will attract investments and foster collaboration within the aquaculture value chain, benefitting local communities and contributing to the overall socio-economic development of Oman. The partnership between Bahwah Services, Muscat Investment House, and Blue Aqua International represents a significant milestone in Oman's aquaculture industry. By harnessing the expertise and resources of these companies, the aquaculture project in Shinas is poised to revolutionise the aquaculture sector in the country and establish Oman as a regional leader in sustainable seafood production. The Shinas project marks the most recent endeavor undertaken by the three companies. Bahwah Services and Muscat Investment House have announced their intention to invest in Blue Aqua's proposed recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) trout farm in Singapore, as per a recently signed agreement. This investment aims to expedite the construction process of the farm, which is anticipated to commence operations in 2024, with an annual trout production capacity of 3,000 metric tonnes (MT). Furthermore, the Omani companies have expressed their support for Blue Aqua International's plans to establish a super-intensive indoor shrimp farm with a capacity of 1,000 MT, as well as a 30,000 MT aquafeed mill, both located in Singapore.

9 August, 2023

Agreement signed to establish metal production plant in Oman

Oman's Sohar Port and Freezone signed a land lease agreement with Sohar Noble Metals (FZC) Company, for the production of Vanadium and Niobium metals in Sohar Freezone to the tune of USD 7 million. The project will significantly enrich the minerals portfolio in the zone, enhancing industrial diversity. Vanadium and Niobium play crucial roles as additives in the metals industry, enhancing the strength and durability of various types of metals. Moreover, the project, covering an area of 5,000 square metres, will be designed and constructed to supply the superalloys industries within the United States and Europe markets with Vanadium and Niobium ingots. 
The production of Vanadium and Niobium Plant in Sohar Freezone represents a significant milestone and a crucial step in our continuous efforts to industrial diversification. Establishing the plant reflects our commitment to foster a robust industrial ecosystem, reassuring our strategic role in driving the end-to-end metal manufacturing value chain. The project output is expected to attract further investments from companies reliant on these crucial metals which will enhance the continuous development of Sohar Freezone.