Asyad Group subsidiary Marafi Sohar has partnered with Sohar Port and Freezone to develop and operate a mineral aggregate terminal in Oman.

The proposed Bulk Terminal No 25 at Sohar port will have one stockpile yard offering a total area of around 200,000m².

The yard will also be developed to receive three separate stockpiles of two grades each and two weighbridges.

Development of the terminal is expected to require around 20 months.

The partnership will also develop a temporary hybrid solution to facilitate aggregate exports through the terminal within 16 weeks of the sub-usufruct agreement date between the companies.

“The port provides easy access for export and a great opportunity for development.”

The planned hybrid solution will be built at Terminal 2D of the port, with a total area of around 100,000m². It will feature two mobile ship loaders with 750t/hour capacity and the third one as a spare unit.

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In a statement cited by, Sohar Port CEO Mark Geilenkirchen said: “Sohar Port is ideally equipped to develop high-capacity aggregate facilities, especially when you consider that most of the quarries producing mineral aggregate are in close proximity to the port.

“As a result, the port provides easy access for export and a great opportunity for development.”

The Sohar Port and Freezone is a deep-sea port managed by a 50:50 joint venture between Port of Rotterdam and Government of Oman, Sohar Industrial Port Company (SIPC).