SEZAD delegation visits Engie’s district cooling centre in Paris

SEZADThe Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm (SEZAD), led by Yahya bin Said Al Jabri, chairman of SEZAD and chairman of the Capital Market Authority, conducted an official visit at a district cooling centre managed by Engie and the Engie Lab Crigen in Paris

SEZAD, located in the Duqm area 550km south of Muscat, is the biggest SEZ in the Middle East region. This includes a port, a ship dry dock, various industrial complexes, a commercial and tourism area and a logistic services area.

Overall, SEZAD is set to expand more than 2,000 sq km. The area, fully operational in 2030, aims to become a regional logistical hub around ship maintenance activities, transhipment of containers, processing and export of minerals and hydrocarbons.

Engie’s research and operational expertise centre, which was visited by SEZAD, is dedicated to gas, new energy sources and emerging technologies.

The visit is in line with SEZAD’s initiatives to explore more opportunities in Duqm, where it is looking forward to business implementation in different sectors, said Al Jabri.

Sébastien Arbola, CEO of Engie Middle East, South and Central Asia and Turkey, declared that Engie is also looking forward to helping SEZAD in its development goals, particularly in the fields of district cooling solutions for sustainable city development and hydrogen.

Active in Oman for more than 20 years in the country’s power generation, water desalinisation and energy sectors, Engie operates in the sultanate at a total production capacity of eight gigawatt of electricity and 200 MIGD of desalinated water.

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