A proposal to build a cement plant in Oman’s northern city of Al Duqm has been put on hold due to lack of long-term availability of natural gas to run the project.
The initial proposal was to promote the project as a joint venture between Raysut Cement Company and Oman Cement Company, with an active support from a government-owned company.
Jamal Shamis Al Hooti, chief executive of Oman Cement Company told the Times of Oman that the ministry could not commit natural gas for the project and that is why the plan is on hold. "We did not appoint a consultant to conduct a feasibility study for the project," he added. The project was intended to enhance the availability of cement within the country to meet additional demand arising from major government-supported infrastructure projects.