The Special Economic Zone of Duqm (SEZD) is the latest emerging industrial hub, playing an important role in Oman’s vision to accelerate and diversify its economic development. A unique model of integration, the SEZD is among the largest Special Economic Zones in the MENA region and stretches over 2,000 square kilometers with an 80km long beachfront.

Since the start of the deployment of the Duqm masterplan in 2013, the SEZ today has all the key building blocks in infrastructure, legislation and investor attractiveness to welcome new industrial activities.

Currently, Duqm City has approximately 30.000 permanent residents, with functional educational, healthcare and leisure facilities. The hotel and tourism sector offer a variety of choices for short and long-term residences. The area is well accessible and connected by air, 6 flights/week from Muscat, road and via sea.

As the gateway port to the zone, the Port of Duqm is a greenfield multipurpose port. The port is fully operational with all infrastructure in place. The current development stage brings the port towards a structural cargo base. This involves a higher degree of private sector involvement, both for terminal operations as well as for the development of logistics services in and around the port.

Port of Duqm provides a complete service to cargo clients, logistics and industrial investors.

SUSTAINABLE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT

“Embracing the global shift towards sustainable industry development, recent disruptions have further fueled this ambition. Oman and the Duqm industrial cluster prioritize preparing for the future, exemplifying their core principle. Supported by traditional industries, natural resources, and a robust logistics platform, sustainable development projects are advancing significantly.

DUQM AS FIRST GREEN INDUSTRIAL HUB

Renewables

The prime scores of Duqm on the key ingredients for renewable energy reflects in several hydrogen projects currently in development in the area. The ready-to-use port infrastructure and liquid terminal provide H2 producers a unique proposition in their project development.

Duqm hosts several large-scale hydrogen legacy projects, including the Hyport project of DEME and OQ, a project by ACME, Green Energy Oman (25GW solar/wind) and part of the national Oman-BP partnership. Also, the first tender awarding by Hydrom of blocks close to Duqm is expected in the second quarter of 2023.

As central location of the Hydrogen developments, Port of Duqm is engaged to enable the hydrogen industry to the logistic challenges and to attract additional industry and services in the upstream value chain. Starting with logistic, non-complex wind turbine components evolving to electronic manufacturing and more complex components through partnerships with international players.

Green steel

The greenfield opportunity that Duqm offers, combined with the stable gas availability and renewable energy outlook, is an attractive mix for heavy industry investments such as steel developments. Port of Duqm builds on this value proposition to attract players throughout the steel value chain.

ENERGY HUB

Duqm refinery & petrochemicals

With the oil & gas sector still representing 72% of the country’s income, Oman is focusing on the strategic use and downstream activity of the resources. Duqm is the next growth opportunity for the integrated petrochemical industry and supply hub for the oil and gas industry.

Located close to the new oil and gas concessions, inland and offshore, Duqm offers direct road access between the oil fields free from bridges and tunnels. Port of Duqm handles 80% of the OCTG and supports the majority of the oil rigs. The improving road connectivity to Saudi Arabia’s oil fields is a good opportunity for further upscaling of the logistics.

The direct gas pipeline to Duqm feeds the local industries and offers a reliable and affordable energy supply. With the Oman Main Line–Ras Markaz Oil Pipeline operational, the refining, storage and export activities will move from the populated Muscat area to Duqm.

The operations of the Duqm refinery will start in 2023 ramping up to a production capacity of 230.000 barrels per day. This milestone will bring a new dynamic to the Duqm infrastructure. Further downstream development plans are in discussion.

The upstream support offers growth opportunities in logistics and services, drilling chemicals and seamless pipe manufacturing. With downstream potential for support industries, chloro-vinyl complex and other petrochemical products. The combination of the availability of minerals, gas and hydrogen projects offers the right ingredients for integrated cluster development.

LOGISTICS HUB

Food & fish

In its nature, Duqm is a historic fishing location, with a very rich SeaLife. Due to the growth of the Special Economic Zone, also the Fishing industry and its adjacent activities are expanding. The Africa – GCC food trade is significant with Duqm ideally located to serve a as hub, enabling fast transit of perishable goods with sea-to-air and air-to-sea connectivity. With the close-by dedicated fishing port, the industry potential for farming, processing, packaging and freezing, and value-add services is considerable.

Minerals

The Duqm area has a rich presence of minerals such as limestone, dolomite, salt, shale, clay and silica. Current activities include mineral export and cement factories supporting the ongoing construction in the area. Further into ceramics, glass and other derivatives.

GCC connectivity  

Oman has a strong history of facilitating trade between the Middle East, Asia and East Africa. Located outside the Arabian Gulf, it is the first point of access to the GCC, closely connecting major and emerging markets.

Port of Duqm offers smooth access towards Oman main consumption market and further into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It has the potential to locate value-added logistic services for the target markets.

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