October 01, 2014

01/10/2014: Oman plans dynamic new agro-terminal

Source: Oman Observer

Sohar Port and Freezone have grand plans for a new agro-terminal which will
combine public service with private industry.

Plans for the agro-terminal include a ‘Food Cluster’ area, which will consist 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 thus become an important part of Oman’s food security strategy,
assuring a plenitude of silo storage for grain commodities.

However, 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 exec ss and ageing stocks, while
simultaneously reducing government expenditure.

Edwin Lammers, executive commercial manager of the Sohar Port and Freezone,
outlined his vision for the Afro-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.”

Given that the OSRC is aiming 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.

As reported in Port technology International Magazine (PTI)

Read more HERE.

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