Johnson Arabia completes works on calcined petroleum coke plant in Oman

Latest project follows company’s decision to open second branch in Oman last year

Reflecting a busy time for the rental company in the region, Johnson Arabia said it has completed steel structure erection and roof installation work as part of the Sohar Sanvira Coke Calcined project in Oman.

The new $150mn project in the Sohar Freezone is part of Oman’s strategy to encourage new developments and areas for growth. The end product that’s produced at the site, calcinated petroleum coke, is to be shipped to and used by the aluminum, steel and titanium sectors all around the GCC.

A range of boom lifts were used on this project including all 28m straight booms for the steel structure erection and the installation of roof sheeting on top of the structure, and a combination of the 28m booms, some 16m booms and 15m scissor lifts for inside the structure.

Johnson Arabia was awarded in the ‘Lifting Achievement of the Year’ category at the 2022 Construction Machinery Middle East Awards.

“This was a new site when we sent our first equipment, so an inspection was done to make sure the ground was level and it was safe to use the equipment around there. The nature of this work was MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) works, in which they used the scissors to help with the installation of some of the processing equipment inside the building,” said Sean Kenny, Sales Manager in Oman.

The scissor lifts had the capability to hold up to six people inside, as well as tools and fire and safety system equipment. Some of the operators also requested training on the units which Johnson Arabia provided.

“This was our first big project in Nizwa so logistically it threw up some challenges in terms of distance for servicing and maintenance. We found some local suppliers for some of the most common items that need to be replaced on machines like hoses and setup credit facilities with them so that going forward we could repair units a lot quicker,” Kenny added.

In May 2022, the firm told Construction Machinery Middle East that it is committed to creating a safer environment for end users and, in August, said it completed installation and erection work for a date processing complex in Oman.

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