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OPAZ approves construction with 3D printing in economic and free zones

23 Jun 2021

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

During the meeting, the board discussed the proposal aimed to promote real estate development in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZAD) based on a mechanism that stimulates introducing long-term housing solutions and providing residential properties under long-term contracts.

In order to cope with the world’s modern construction techniques, OPAZ board approved the construction by using 3D printing techniques while complying with safety standards. It affirmed promoting the new techniques in the various free zones and in SEZAD in particular.

Different packages of facilities and incentives will be offered for companies that prefer to use the 3D-printed building technology, with an exemption from the leasing fees for a period of five years, OPAZ said.

The meeting touched on the actions taken to attract clean energy projects in Duqm and Sohar, and highlighted what has been accomplished in activating the services of One-Stop Shop in both Salalah Free Zone and Sohar Free Zone.

Furthermore, the board of directors was briefed about the latest updates regarding the procedures for providing gas for a number of projects in the chemical material sector in Salalah Free Zone, and steel and mining industries in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm.

The board members were also updated on the procedures implemented for registering a green hydrogen production project company in Duqm, and the programme for installing experimental equipment for the project.

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