Contract Signed for Installation of Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network at SOHAR Port & Freezone

February 5, 2020

SOHAR Port and Freezone in cooperation with SONAR tenants signed a contract with the Omani company, Nakheel Environmental and Industrial Solutions, on Wednesday July 4th 2018 at Muscat office, to install, operate, and maintain an Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network at SONAR area as part of implementing Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) intention to enhance the environmental monitoring in SONAR area.

Mark Geilenkirchen, the CEO of SONAR Port, signed the agreement on behalf of SONAR while Nakheel was represented by its GM, Ali Al Hussaini. Installation of the AQMN will start immediately and the system is expected to be operational by quarter four of 2018.

The AQMN project will consist of a combination of fixed and mobile stations positioned at critical locations surrounding the Port and Freezone. The location selected carefully using the result from air dispersion modelling by Lakes Environmental Software “AERMOD” which was conducted in coordination with MECA and SONAR relevant tenants. The AQMN will measure, in real time, the ambient air quality surrounding SOHAR. The AQMN is one of the key projects that will help to ensure that the development of the Port and Freezone is sustainable and complying with the national and international environmental standards.

Ahmed Bin 2aher Al Hinai, Director General of Environmental Affairs at MECA, said: ‘The Ministry is working in line with the requirements of each stage of the development and continues in its efforts aimed to improve and develop the environmental management in coordination with its partners in various fields. The AQMN project is to strengthen the environmental monitoring system in SONAR, as it will provide an integrated data on ambient air quality which is directly connected to MECA monitoring system and will replace largely the ambient air monitoring stations installed by individual tenants, which are often installed within the premises of the tenants. He also mentioned that MECA is continuing to disseminate and develop this model in coordination with other industrial areas within OMAN to achieve the principle of partnership in environmental monitoring with the private sectors. Finally, he appreciated the cooperation of SONAR as well as SOHAR tenants to make this model a success”.

‘The development of the Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network at SONAR is great news for the local community surrounding the area, as it represents the continuation of the efforts being made by SONAR in cooperation with MECA and SONAR tenants to enhance the environmental monitoring in the area. Nakheel will work on installing fixed and mobile stations for monitoring of ambient air quality, using state-of-the-art technologies that are in line with United States Environmental Protection Agency standards. These technologies will also be connected to the Central Data Management System at SOHAR in order to instantly read, record, and analyse the data collected. Also, this system will be connected with MECA’s monitoring centre in order to enable MECA to check environmental status of SONAR directly. I am proud to announce that the AQMN at SOHAR will be the first-of-its-kind in the Sultanate,” added by Ali Al Hussaini.

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