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Oman : DYNAMIC new agro-terminal planned by Oman

June 13, 2014

Sohar Port and Freezone has impressive plans for a new agro-terminal which will unite public service with private industry.

Plans for the agro-terminal comprise a Food Cluster area which will include of a sugar refinery under the private ownership of the Oman Sugar Refinery Company (OSRC), and a governmental strategic food reserve facility, controlled by the Public Authority for Strategic Food Reserves (PASFR).

The terminal will therefore develop into an important part of Oman s food security strategy, making sure a plenitude of silo storage for grain commodities.

On the other hand, the commodities held at the terminal will be continually replenished: the public joint stock firm Oman Flour Mills (OFM) has been challenged with a task of replenishment and creative selling for excess and aging stocks, while simultaneously reducing government expenditure.

Edwin Lammers, executive commercial manager of the Sohar Port and Freezone, outlined his vision for the agro-terminal: The Food Cluster is unique in that it will feature the country s first dedicated agro bulk terminal designed not only for the handling of wheat and grain shipments on behalf of the government, but also feedstock for the sugar refinery. The facility will also give new impetus to agro-bulk projects.

As the OSRC is intending to produce one Million tonnes per year of refined sugar, the Sohar Port and Freezone agro-terminal looks set to become a vibrant hub of public and private industry.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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