Oman Cement Company has announced that it had received government approval to export surplus cement after it increased its capacity.
Jamal Shamis al Hooti, CEO of Oman Cement Company, said that the company will undertake a comprehensive study to determine the actual market needs at this time, the surplus quantities and will identify target markets.
Oman Cement Company produces currently 8000tpd of clinker after the commissioning of the third kiln in the second half of this year, with a capacity of 4000tpd.
Al Hooti pointed out the presence of strong competition in the domestic market, especially for imported cement. North Sultanate consumes more than 8000tpd, prompting the Oman Cement Company to seek the approval to export.
He said that the government as part of its to support domestic product has already issued a circular to contractors to use the cement produced locally. But there is a lack of commitment by some, calling for the need to activate this resolution largely because of the unfair competition faced by the local cement, especially that the imported cement is sold at less costs.