Work on a new cement plant, under construction in Buraimi Governorate, Oman is nearing completion and is expected to be brought into operation before the end of this year.
Al Madina Cement Company LLC, the Sultanate’s third cement producer - after Oman Cement Company in Muscat Governorate and Raysut Cement Company in Dhofar Governorate - is preparing to commission its integrated facility ahead of its commercial launch later this year, according to a company official.
The plant, boasting an installed capacity of 2500tpd cement plant, will go a long way in enhancing security of supply of a commodity crucial to the Sultanate’s vital infrastructure, construction, housing, and real estate sectors. Al Madina Cement is promoted by the Al Buraimi Group, a well-diversified business house with interests in, among other areas, mining, quarrying, hospitality, and courier services, as well as the manufacture of petrochemicals, lubricants, petroleum products, pharmaceuticals and chemicals. The Group also has investments in neighbouring United Arab Emirates. The plant, located in the Wadi Saa area of Buraimi Governorate, will mainly produce Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) for the construction industry. Other cement products, including sulphate resistant cement and oil well cement, could be added to the plant’s product range in the future. Raw materials for the project will be mainly sourced from the Group’s extensive mines and quarries located in and around Buraimi Governorate.
Future expansions are not ruled out as Al Madina Cement’s manufacturing license allows for a significant scale-up of output far higher than the initial 2500tpd capacity planned at start-up. When operational by the year-end, Al Madina Cement is set to add around 750,000tpa of new capacity to the Sultanate’s total domestic cement production capacity.