Muscat – Minerals Development Oman (MDO) on Tuesday said that the commercial operations at its Gabbro quarry project in Wilayat of Liwa will commence in October with a production capacity of 2.4mn tonnes.
Since obtaining the exploration licence, the company has conducted a geological and economic feasibility study that revealed a recoverable amount of about 211mn tonnes of gabbro in a mine life of about 50 years, covering an area of 2.2 sqkm.
Based on the feasibility study, Ahjaar Mining Company was established in 2019 to operate the project in partnership with Assarain Group and Al Fajar Al Alamia Company.
Purchase agreements were also signed for 2.4mn tonnes of gabbro. The company has ambitious plans to increase the production to reach 5mn tonnes in the next phase.
This is the first mining license that MDO obtained in January 2019. Gabbro is witnessing an increased demand by a number of Gulf and regional markets, due to its rapid importance to the construction sector.
MDO was established with a clear strategic vision to invest in the mining sector in the sultanate and to increase its contribution to the growth of the economic and social sectors by creating job opportunities and building local capacities and competencies.