SOHAR Port & Freezone says clustering will support supply chain

Terminal 2D is a waterfront location that hosts an area of a 100-hectares with easy access to cool water and the surrounding industrial clusters.
Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of SOHAR Port and Freezone
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Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of SOHAR Port and Freezone

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SOHAR Port & Freezone is seeing growing demand for space from tenants as it expands its footprint with the development of Terminal 2D and focuses on ‘clustering’ to support the supply chain, says Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of SOHAR Port and Freezone.

“With several regional ports currently running out of space, SOHAR still has the capacity to further expand and attract prospective investments,” he says. “Clustering is an innovative form of business. Therefore, the close proximity to our petrochemical, logistics and food clusters will also support the creation of upstream and downstream opportunities for further business developments.”

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“Moreover, as the Port and Freezone are both managed under a single entity, this allows for a seamless connection between the two, while also enhancing efficiency for feedstock imports and product exports,” he added.

Terminal 2D is a waterfront location that hosts an area of a 100-hectares with easy access to cool water and the surrounding industrial clusters.

The sizable land area was initially developed in 2009 as a container terminal expansion but has now been dedicated to businesses involved in the logistics and metal sectors

Commenting on the potential of Terminal 2D, Geilenkirchen said, “SOHAR is strategically positioned at the centre of global possibilities, and has a consumer reach of over 2.2 billion across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

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“Potential customers are generally based outside Oman, so we aim to garner as many opportunities as possible to support them in setting up at SOHAR. Additionally, with the help of our One-Stop-Shop facility and the benefits we offer, investors will receive a favourable return on investment,” he added.

The One-Stop-Shop (OSS) service at SOHAR Port and Freezone acts as a single-window for clients to obtain all necessary documentations and operate their businesses efficiently and effectively. It provides multiple key amenities (including company registration and licensing, plot work and labour permits, visas, etc) under a single window to deliver high-quality services.

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