Oman’s SEZAD signs agreement for $163mn fishing harbour in Duqm

Project will be located close to a food industries zone

The Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZAD) has signed an agreement with an alliance led by Fisheries Development Oman to develop and operate a multipurpose fishing harbour that will cost $163 million in Duqm.

In a statement, it was also announced that FDO, an affiliate of Oman Investment Authority (OIA), also inked a land development agreement (usufruct) with Al Wusta Fisheries Industries LLC.

The 10-metre-deep port will be setup over an area of 8 sqkm. It is expected to be fully functional by the end of the first quarter of 2021. The project will be ideally situated in the vicinity of a food industries zone occupying an area of 7sqkm and has been designed to meet the basic needs of investments set to be localised.

The two agreements were signed under the auspices of Dr Saud bin Hamoud al-Habsi, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources.

The fishing harbour’s agreement was signed by Yahya bin Khamis al-Zadjali, In-Charge of Managing Operations of Sezad, while Dawood bin Sulaiman al-Wahaibi, CEO of Al-Wusta Fisheries Industries LLC, signed the second agreement. The FDO was represented by its CEO, Khalid bin Ali al-Yahmadi.

Yahya bin Khamis al-Zadjali said that the agreements come within the context of efforts to attract local and international investments and benefit from modern infrastructure at the Economic Zone and incentives offered to investors.

The Economic Zone has so far attracted a number of investments to the tune of $350.6 million in fisheries industries and superstructures, said Eng. Yahya, adding that more investments could be unveiled after the start of operations of the fishing jetty.

Dawood bin Sulaiman al-Wahaibi also pointed out that a masterplan is being sketched for the harbour and that a comprehensive concept will be formulated over the next three months about the future growth of the facility, in particular, and the fisheries resources sector in general.

In addition, Khalid al-Yahmadi said that the fishing harbour’s management project caps up the schema of projects that the FDO started in Muscat Governorate. The projects include a sea bream fish farming project in the Wilayat of Qurayat, which has an output of 3,000 tons and two shrimp projects in South A’Sharqiyah having an output of 9,000 tons as a first phase that can be expanded to 15,000 tons, he added.

He noted that FDO currently has an output of 63,000 tons from three main projects in fish farming and commercial fishing. He added that the company’s projects in Al Wusta Governorate will be in the Wilayat of Al-Jazir. There will be a shrimp project with a capacity of 24,000 metric tons per annum (to come up in two phases 14,000+10,000 tons), said Al-Yahmadi, adding that Al Wusta will host most of the company’s projects in future.

FDO’s largest project is situated at Barr Al-Hikman, where a fish farming unit will produce (initially) about 215,000 tons of shrimps in a fish culture area of 40 sqm. Following this experience, more added value projects will be set up in the Wilayat of Duqm, he said.

Al-Yahmadi added that two companies were incorporated into the FDO, which were Oman Fisheries Company and Sea Products International, and that the move gives a fillip to the operations of the FDO, which, along with its subsidiary firms, envisages an output of 600,000 tons by 2035.

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