Sur Industrial City, affiliated to the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn), held a signing ceremony yesterday for handling contracts between large companies and SMEs, as well as a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) to implement Air Quality Monitoring Station Network (AQMSN) in the wilayat of Sur as part of the national programme for environmental monitoring and detection of surrounding air quality. The ceremony was held at the University of Technology and Applied Sciences — Sur under the auspices of Dr Abdullah bin Ali al Amri, Chairman of the Environment Authority.
Speaking at the ceremony, Eng Abdulqadir bin Salim al Balushi, Director General of Sur Industrial City, said a total of 13 handling contracts worth RO 2 million got signed at the ceremony between Oman India Fertiliser Company (Omifco), Oman LNG, Phoenix Power Company and with a group of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). He said: “The contracts involve various logistics and support services, and we hope to maximise these services in the coming years through continuous cooperation and support received from the major companies in Sur Industrial City."
Al Balushi added that as a result of constant coordination between Madayn and the Environment Authority, Madayn has signed an MoU with Oman India Fertiliser Company (Omifco), Oman LNG, and Phoenix Power Company to implement Air Quality Monitoring Stations in several locations in South Al Sharqiyah governorate.
“Madayn pays significant attention to the environmental aspects being one of the national priorities of Oman Vision 2040. In this regard, Sur Industrial City has recently completed the engineering designs to implement phase 1 of ‘green buffer zone’ on 100,000 sqm in Sur Industrial City with the support from Omifco. Work on this project will commence during Q4 of the current year and the implementation shall take 7 months. This project, which will include planting 1,000 trees, walkway and seating areas, shall generate small investment opportunities for the entrepreneurs to provide support services and consequently ensure the sustainability of the project,” Al Balushi said.
The ‘green buffer zone’ initiative was launched in March to help increase green areas in the industrial cities and enhance public-private partnership on areas that serve the industrial and environmental sectors in the Sultanate of Oman. It will contribute to the reduction of carbon emission at Sur Industrial City and its surroundings.
Within its annual agenda, Sur Industrial City is undertaking efforts to plant 500 trees to increase the green area and contribute to the national initiative implemented by the Environment Authority to plant 10 million trees in the Sultanate.
On his part, Eng Ahmed bin Khamis al Kasbi, Director of Operations at Sur Industrial City, commented that the industrial city is strategically located on a total area of 34 million sqm and offers 23 million sqm of investable areas. Sur Industrial City is home to 130 projects with a total investment value exceeding RO 2.3 billion. In addition to the presence of several major projects and SMEs representing various industries, Sur Industrial City also enjoys the presence of service projects such as Sur Gate, Hay Al Sharooq Residential Complex, and Hay Al Sharooq International School.