Sonar Port Launches Air Quality Monitoring Network

February 5, 2020

In line with its commitment to implement the directives of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA), which include enhancing environmental monitoring in and around the port and promoting effective environmental management, SOHAR Port and Freezone officially launched the Air Quality Monitoring Network (AQMN) Project.

The ceremony took place yesterday, on February 20, under the auspices of Mohammed bin Salim al Toobi, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs and in the presence of Dr Mohammed bin Nasser al Zaabi, Chairman of the Board of SONAR Port and Freezone, Shaikh Mohana bin Saif al Lamki, Governor of North Al Batinah and members of the Shura Council. Also in attendance were various representatives from the public sector as well as several SONAR tenants. , Environmental Protection Equipment.

The AQMN project is a first-of-its-kind comprehensive and integrated project in the Sultanate, which specialises in monitoring air quality at the Port and Freezone as well as in the surrounding areas. It waslaunched by  Omani company, Nakheel Environmental and Industrial Solutions, in accordance with the Ministerial Decree 41/2017.

The AQMN project consists of both fixed and mobile stations positioned at critical locations around the Port and Freezone. This is one of the key projects that will help ensure that the development of SOHAR is both sustainable and compliant with national and international environmental standards.

Ali Mossa AlHussaini, General Manager of Nakheel Environmental and Industrial Solutions LLC noted, ‘The engineering and technical design of the projects stations has been implemented as per the standard specifications of the Air Quality Regulation issued by MECA. The installation and the trial operation of the fixed and mobile stations began in the last quarter of 2018 and has been live since the January 1, 2019.”

(Source: Oman Observer, http://www.omanobserver.om/sohar-port-launches-air-quality-monitoring­network/)

About Sohar Port & Freezone

SOHAR Port and Freezone is a deep-sea Port and Freezone in the Sultanate of Oman, managed by Sohar Industrial Port Company (SIPC), a 50:50 joint venture between the Port of Rotterdam and the Sultanate of Oman. The Freezone is a 4,500 – hectare development that, together with the Port, has attracted global investments of U5$26 Billion.

The Port’s three major clusters – logistics, petrochemicals and metals – will soon be joined by Oman’s first ever terminal to be dedicated to the handling of agricultural bulk. This new addition will manage the nation’s strategic food reserves and joins independent terminals operated by world-class leading companies that include C. Steinweg Oman for general cargo, Oiltanking Terminals & Company LLC for liquid cargo, and Hong-Kong based Hutchison Whampoa for containers.

26 FEBRUARY 2019 BY NAKHEEL EIS

AMBIENT AIR QUALITY MONITORING, INSTALLATION & COMMISSIONING

FIXED AMBIENT AIR QUALITY STATION TO BE
COMMISSIONED IN SPMP’S ANTIMONY
ROASTING FACILITY IN SOHAR

Nakheel Environmental & Industrial Solutions LLC is set to commission a Fixed Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Station in SPMP’s Antimony Roasting Facility in the Port of Sohar Free Zone, Sultanate of Oman.

Aeroqual AQM 65 is a near reference method ambient air quality monitoring station that is a cost-effective alternative to reference analyzers. The instrument is modular and can measure different combinations of gaseous, particulate and environmental parameters simultaneously.

About SPMP Antinomy Roasting Facility in Sohar

The Antimony Roasting Facility in the Port of Sohar Free Zone, Sultanate of Oman Project will have a name plate design capacity of 20,000 tons of antimony and gold per year in combined metal products, representing approximately 12 per cent. of average annual world antimony production over the past five years. The Project is expected to be commissioned in Q1, 2018.

The location of the facility in the Gulf region provides an excellent centralized logistics route, a supply of secure and relatively inexpensive energy, a modern infrastructure, an experienced workforce and strong industrial partners.

The Project has been designed to produce antimony metal (Regulus) (European Standard Grade 1 & 2) for export and a finished ‘high tint’ ATO, with low lead (Pb) for the European flame-retardant markets, as well as for the wider global chemical markets.

14 FEBRUARY 2019 BY NAKHEEL EIS

AMBIENT AIR QUALITY MONITORING, INSTALLATION & COMMISSIONING

TURNKEY DUST MONITORING STATIONS
SUPPLIED & COMMISSIONED IN DOHA, QATAR

Nakheel Environmental & Industrial Solutions supplied and commissioned two solar-powered, real-time Aeroqual Dust Profiler particulate matter monitoring stations in Doha, Qatar for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The dust monitoring stations are installed in strategic places around the construction site of Doha Metro.

Aeroqual Dust Profiler is designed for those who want maximum data from a single monitor, this dust monitoring station provides continuous and simultaneous measurement of PMtO, PM2.5, PM1, and TSP. This breadth of measurement is valuable in research and monitoring studies, and industrial applications where more than one size fraction is of interest is required.

About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd (MHI) is a Japanese multinational engineering, electrical equipment, and electronics company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

MHI’s products include aerospace components, air conditioners, aircraft, automotive components, forklift trucks, hydraulic equipment, machine tools, missiles, power generation equipment, ships, and space launch vehicles. Through its defense-related activities it is the world’s 23rd-largest defense contractor measured by 2011 defense revenues, and the largest based in Japan.

MHI is one of the core companies of the Mitsubishi Group.

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