Duqm SEZ mining map to be unveiled soon

Muscat, DEC 29 – Duqm Quarries Company has announced the completion of a mining map for the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Duqm.
Eng Ali bin Abdullah al Zadjali (pictured), General Manager, said the map determines the types of minerals found in Duqm, their locations, reserves potential, and quality. He pointed out that the map is interactive and that the company will upload it on its website in the coming weeks.
In an interview with Duqm Economist, the newsletter of the SEZ Authority of Duqm, Al Zadjali said the initiative is aimed at attracting foreign investment in the mining sector. These investments with be in the form of processing plants and value-adding projects.
The mining map will be marketed locally and internationally in order to attract local and international companies to invest in this vital sector, he noted.
Duqm Quarries Company was founded in 2017 with the aim of managing and operating the quarrying and mining sector in the SEZ.
Tatweer, owned by the Special Economic Zone Authority in Duqm (SEZAD), owns 70 per cent of the shares of Duqm Quarries Company, with the remaining shares held by a number of local firms, notably Duqm Ahlia LLC, which is owned by the local people of Duqm.
The Duqm SEZ is rich in a number of minerals, including limestone containing calcium carbonate of purity ranging from 85 to 98 per cent. Limestone is used in many industries, such as dyes, cement clinker, poultry feed, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, cleaning preparations, glass, plastics, and other industries.
Also found in abundance is dolomite, which is a source of magnesium. Dolomite is used in the manufacture of iron and a number of other commodities.
The Shomookh Mining Industries Complex being established by Duqm Quarries in the SEZ will serve as a hub for mineral processing in Duqm, said Al Zadjali.
Eight international companies have so far signed agreements to set up operations within the complex, he stated.
Since its establishment in 2017, Duqm Quarries has supplied millions of tonnes of quarry material and rubble for infrastructure projects and local companies operating in the SEZ, Al Zadjali added.