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MMEC Mannesmann and ACWA Power to boost Oman?s aluminum industry

The initiative is set to strengthen Oman?s aluminum industry. (Image source: ACWA Power)

MMEC Mannesmann, one of the leading German engineering contractors in the field of petroleum coke calcining, has partnered with ACWA Power to develop the ?Sohar Calciner? project in Oman

The new plant, first of its kind in Oman, aims to supply Oman?s aluminium industry with calcined coke.

The ?Sohar Calciner? project is set to produce calcined coke to the local Aluminum industry and, upon completion of its first phase, will enable the production of 1.1mn tonnes of Aluminum annually and 2.2mn tonnes by completion of the second phase.

According to ACWA Power, the environment-friendly project is expected to see remarkable results and contribute to the country?s economic growth. The plant is also set to secure calcined coke supply globally and to the local GCC market.

In addition, ?Sohar Calciner? will create job opportunities in Oman, providing 130 jobs including at least 100 Omanis and would employ up to 3,000 people during periods of peak construction.

Mohammed Abunayyan, chairman of ACWA Power, said, ?ACWA Power is at the heart of changing the energy landscape and remains committed to collaborating with partners and stakeholders to have a positive impact on industries, particularly energy-intensive industries and in communities we invest and operate in.?

?The Sohar Calciner plant marks the development of the first industrial project in the newly reclaimed area in Sohar which enables the development of the area for future industries,? Abunayyan added.

Commenting on the occasion, Oliver Apelt, CEO of MMEC Mannesmann, noted that the project aims to create a milestone in Oman?s and the GCC?s history, making the region?s Aluminum industry more self-sufficient.

?We will bring forward our insight and expertise to build the Sohar Calciner plant to the highest standards and using the best available environmentally safe technology, delivering a cost competitive plant,? Apelt concluded.