Muscat, Dec 24 – Sohar Port and Freezone has signed an agreement with India-based Sanvira Industries Limited for the establishment of a calcined petroleum coke project in the free zone area. The agreement was signed between Dr Mohammed Nasser Ali al Zaabi, Chairman of the Board at Sohar Port and Freezone, and Managing Director Rajiv Reddy, representing Sanvira Industries Limited. Highlighting the emergence of the new plant, Dr Mohammed al Zaabi noted, “Sohar Port and Freezone is committed towards encouraging new business investments that will enable us to play a vital role in the economic diversification plans of the Sultanate. In line with our partnership, the new petroleum plant will not only add value to the industries already present at the Freezone, but subsequently also create several downstream opportunities.”
The calcined petroleum coke plant has a total investment of RO 75 million and will take up an area of 18 hectares at the Sohar Freezone. The plant will have an annual capacity of 440,000 MTPA, executed in two phases; 280,000 in Phase 1 and 160,000 in Phase 2. The finished product, calcined petroleum coke (CPC), will be exported to aluminium and steel industries in and around the GCC region.
Rajiv Reddy commented, “We produce several grades of CPC with high density and low reactivity tailored to our buyers’ requirements. Some of the CPC has been used to blend and produce anodes with highly outstanding utilities and performance, catering to industries in the aluminium, steel and titanium-dioxide sectors.” “Our facility in Sohar Port and Freezone will produce around 130 tph of high-pressure steam, which can be supplied to other industries present in the Freezone, to generate electricity or produce desalinated water for commercial sale. The addition of the plant will also see the production of raw petroleum coke as feedstock for downstream petrochemical industries,” Rajiv added.
“Together with this new development, we will be able to improve facilities for our tenants in the Port and Freezone. This in turn will subsequently help us achieve our objective of becoming one of the leading logistic hubs in the region,” Jamal Aziz, DCEO of Sohar Port and Freezone added.
Sanvira Industries Limited has been involved in the calcination process and operation over 100 years, creating a legacy in the sector. The company’s core team combines extensive experience and global perspective with a customer centric vision to provide customers with high quality products and services in respective markets.