MMEC Mannesmann, a leading German engineering contractor in the field of petroleum coke calcining partners with ACWA Power, the leading developer, owner, and operator of power generation and water desalination plants, to develop the ‘Sohar Calciner’ project in Oman. The state-of-the-art plant will be the first of its kind in Oman and will aim to supply Oman’s aluminum industry with calcined coke.

The ‘Sohar Calciner’ project will produce calcined coke to the local Aluminum industry and, upon completion of its first phase, will enable the production of 1.1 million tons of Aluminum annually and 2.2 million tons by completion of the second phase. Combining MMEC Mannesmann’s expertise and best practice in design and construction of Petroleum Coke Calciner plants, and ACWA Power’s know-how in efficiently utilizing waste heat to generate power and water, the environment friendly project is expected to see remarkable results and contribute towards the country’s economic growth. The plant will also secure calcined coke supply globally and to the local GCC market.

The Sohar Calciner, will benefit from the well-established and proven regional capability of MMEC Mannesmann through its experience in the implementation of calcination plants in Bahrain and the UAE.

‘Sohar Calciner’ will create job opportunities in Oman, offering 130 jobs including at least 100 Omanis, and would employ up to 3,000 people during periods of peak construction. The project will bring the most advanced and best available calcining technologies to Oman and shall contribute to the development of Omani engineering talent.

Expressing his delight, Mohammed Abunayyan, Chairman of ACWA Power, said: “ACWA Power is at the heart of changing the energy landscape and remain committed to collaborating with partners and stakeholders to have positive impact on industries, particularly energy intensive industries, and in communities we invest and operate in. We are proud to be working closely with the renowned international company, MMEC Mannesmann, to expand industrial activity in Oman, and contribute towards the country’s economic growth and diversification agenda.”

“The Sohar Calciner plant, marks the development of the first industrial project in the newly reclaimed area in Sohar which enables the development of the area for future industries.”

Commenting on the occasion, Oliver Apelt, CEO of MMEC Mannesmann, said: “We are delighted to work alongside ACWA Power and SIPC to create a milestone in Oman’s and the GCC’s history – making the region’s Aluminum industry more self-sufficient. We will bring forward our insight and expertise to build the Sohar Calciner plant to the highest-standards and using the best available environmentally safe technology, delivering a cost competitive plant.”