Carmeuse begins calcium lime exports from Port of Salalah

Business Sunday 03/July/2016 13:55 PM
By: Times News Service
Carmeuse begins calcium lime exports from Port of Salalah

Muscat: Carmeuse Group based in Belgium in partnership with Majan Mining, Oman, has started exporting high calcium lime from its lime plant in the Salalah Free Zone (SFZ), Sultanate of Oman through Port of Salalah.
The plant is expected to reach a production capacity of 800 tonnes per day by early July’16 using the locally sourced high quality limestone.
The CEO of Port of Salalah, David Gledhill, said, “We are very pleased with the Carmeuse project showing continued growth in exports from their plant in Salalah Free Zone. Salalah now is attracting a diverse range of businesses who benefit from the strategic location and direct global connectivity to serve number of emerging and established markets from a single location. We are delighted to be part of the journey of another success story at Salalah with a global company like Carmeuse.”
Tim Vanden Bossche CEO, Carmeuse Middle East & Asia stated, “We are happy to see the development and growth in the newest facility of our group. With the support of all stakeholders, this state of the art plant should allow us to gain access to and establish our brand in new markets in the region”
Ahmed Akaak, the Deputy CEO of the Port of Salalah stated, “This project is another milestone in developing Salalah as a vibrant manufacturing and logistics hub. Encouragement and support to such developments is essential to successfully attain the vision to diversify the national economy and generate sustainable employment for local talent in the Dhofar region.”
The Salalah Free Zone (SFZ), Sultanate of Oman, is seeing a great interest from various industries and a number of projects are in advanced stage of negotiations. The Free Zone is also in the process of implementing projects aggregating to about $40 million to augment its infrastructure.
The Port of Salalah, which is operated by APM Terminals as part of the APM Terminals Global Terminal Network, and in which APM Terminals holds a 30 per cent share, handled 2.6 million TEUs in 2015, along with 12.5 million tonnes of bulk cargo.
The Port of Salalah has recently undergone an expansion, which doubled the quay length, and increase dry bulk capacity to 20 million tonnes, and liquid bulk capacity to 6 million tonnes annually.