Muscat – Oman Cement Company (OCC) floated a tender for the construction of its fourth cement production line in the sultanate and to upgrade its third line.
The fourth line will have a capacity of 10,000 tonnes per day of clinker, whereas the daily capacity of the third line will be upgraded from 4,000 tonnes to 5,000 tonnes per day.
OCC will add 11,000 tonnes per day to its current production levels as part of its plans to develop the production of cement in Oman to meet the demand in local markets and to achieve self-sufficiency of high quality cement.
Eng Salem Abdullah al Hajri, CEO of Oman Cement Company said, “This tender has been floated for local companies operating in the Sultanate of Oman as part of OCC’s interest in enhancing the added value of its projects and enriching the local markets. This targeted expansion will be the biggest-of-its-kind in Oman’s cement industry in order to achieve self-sufficiency by 2023.”
The new production line will provide cement products at lower prices compared to the imported cement. The line will create business opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) operating in Oman to supply OCC with local raw materials, such as gypsum and iron ores.
The line will also bolster the construction sector and infrastructure projects by providing cement products at competitive prices.