HLG, operating as Leighton Middle East LLC, a local company in Oman, has secured a contract with the Oman Aluminium Rolling Company LLC (OARC), valued at OMR12 million (USD32 million) for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of a state-of-the-art Coil Coating Plant.
The Coil Coating Plant is part of the overall OARC’s new rolling facilities that began commercial operations in 2014, with the plant hitting its full 160,000-ton production capacity by 2019.
HLG’s CEO and Managing Director, Mr. José Antonio López-Monís, said the plant project is an important milestone for the Group as it is the first EPC project that HLG has been awarded in Sohar.
“Oman is an important market for HLG and we are grateful to have been selected by Oman Aluminium Rolling Company to build their plant facility. This project award acknowledges that we have the local skills and experience that our clients require delivering a best-in-class project” he said.
The Coil Coating Plant facility is being developed as a downstream unit to OARC’s rolling mill, with a capacity of 25,000 ton per annum. The Coil Coating Plant will be located directly across the road from the existing Rolling Mill Plant in the Sohar Industrial Estate (SEI) on its own plot of approximately 100,000 square metres. Trucks from the existing Rolling Mill Plant will deliver coils to this Plant for further processing.
Mr. Ron Marchbanks, OARC’s CEO, said “HLG continues to develop a strong and credible reputation in Oman and we are pleased to partner with them to deliver the Coil Coating Plant.” He added that with this project, OARC will expand its portfolio of added value of products ranges.
Mr. Don Wrenn, OARC’s Coil Coating Plant Operations Director, added, “We are satisfied that the partnership that we have developed with HLG will help assure the success of our project.”
In addition to the Coil Coating Process Building, the facility will encompass a Waste Water Treatment Plant, Natural Gas Reducing Station, Scrap Yard, Solid Waste Yard, Hazardous Waste Area, Pond, Admin Building, Canteen, Change Room, Warehouse, Guard House and other site amenities.
Mr. Lopez-Monís added that HLG is focused on securing projects that enable the Group to showcase its international capabilities.
“We have a positive outlook on the Middle East’s construction market and anticipate a significant number of new opportunities, which strategically align with HLG’s diversification strategy and expansion into the industrial sector.
“HLG’s local offices, such as Leighton Middle East Contracting in Oman, enable us to establish long-term, trusted partnerships with local companies who want to work with one of the leading contractors in the region” he said.
Construction of the Coil Coating Plant will commence in May 2014 and completion is targeted for mid-2015.