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OPAZ board of directors holds first meeting of 2021

17 Mar 2021

The board of directors of the Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ) on Wednesday held its first meeting for the year 2021. The meeting was chaired by H E Dr Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy, the chairman of the board.

During the meeting, held in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZAD), the board of directors discussed the progress made over the past few months with regards to urging local and international companies to localise investments in producing clean energy in SEZAD, through two potential projects for producing green hydrogen and another in Sohar Free Zone, Sohar Solar Energy Project.

In a press release, Eng Yahya bin Khamis al Zadjali, in-charge of managing operations of SEZAD, explained that the board approved the allocation of two sites in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm for gas-based industries. 

These sites include the first block, covering an area of 11.1 sqkm and the second block with an area of 33.5 sqkm.

In view of this, the OPAZ board called on all local and international companies, which are interested to invest in the zone and require gas for operations, to submit their studies related to their requests to provide gas in Duqm upon the completion of gas pipeline. 

Moreover, Zadjali noted that the OPAZ board initially approved allocating a site for the uses of modern technologies including artificial intelligence such as drone experiments. 

The board also directed the SEZAD management to complete studies regarding technical and legal aspects, and to assess the required Internet speed and initial cost to attract local and foreign companies interested in developing future technologies. 

Furthermore, the board of directors of OPAZ paid a visit to the two sites designated for the gas-dependent industries and other existing projects in SEZAD to get familiarised with the latest progress.

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