Sohar exec says no decision made on bulk minerals jetty
Sohar Port and Freezone is in talks with a number of parties to set up a 10-million-tonne per year capacity bulk minerals jetty to handle exports of aggregates and mineral ores, according to the Oman Observer.
“We are continuously exploring options to utilise the asset (earmarked) for the export of aggregates, chrome ore, and other minerals from Oman, and we are still trying to find ways and means to get this facility started,” said Edwin Lammers, executive commercial manager, Sohar Port and Freezone.
“However, we don’t yet see enough aggregate exporters (operating independently or collectively) with the volumes that justify the establishment and operation of a complete jetty of a capacity of 10 million tonnes per annum,” he added.
Exports of aggregates and minerals ores are being handled via the multipurpose, general cargo terminal of C Steinweg Oman, says Lammers.
“We are thankful to Steinweg for honouring its commitments to handle the requirements of aggregate exporters using Sohar Port for their exports. In the meanwhile, we are looking at all sorts of alternatives, and are in discussions with various parties on the potential use of our asset (earmarked for bulk mineral exports). But these discussions haven’t progressed to an extent that we have something concrete to announce with regard to the operation of this facility,” Lammers added.
The C Steinweg Oman terminal is a 220m length of the 1.4-kilometre-long deepwater jetty, which is currently operated by Vale Oman as part of its massive iron ore pelletising plant and distribution complex at Sohar Port.
The jetty was proposed to be developed into a dedicated terminal for primarily exports of bulk minerals and aggregates.