Vale Celebrates Tenth Anniversary of Operations in Oman
Brazilian mining giant Vale celebrated its tenth year in operation in Oman in April. Vale launched the initial stages of its industrial complex at the Port of Sohar in April 2011, marking a high point in an era of big-ticket industrial investments. The project highlighted the Sultanate's strategic geopolitical location in the Middle East and Suhar's distinctive advantages as a logistics hub and maritime gateway. Suhar, a unique deep-water port in Oman, is one of the very few ports in the Middle East capable of receiving even Vale's Largest 'Valemax' Vessels, which have a 400,000-ton transportation capacity. In addition to making a sizable contribution to the country's Gross Domestic Product, the venture has also delivered significant benefits in jobs, value addition opportunities, in-country value initiatives, and community development projects.
Vale's investment in Oman is a paradigm of the successful convergence of Vale's strategic goals, the Omani government, represented by OQ Company, and the Sohar Industrial Port Company.
The environmental controls that Vale has in place establish it as one of the leading companies regarding compliance with local and global environmental standards. That is in alignment with the company's plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. ISO 14001 Certificate was awarded to Vale in Oman in 2016, and it was renewed in 2019, reflecting the company's commitment to environmental protection and controls. Vale in Oman has developed environmental requirements over a period of ten years, including Dust Monitoring Systems and Emissions Controls. In addition to the Green Belt surrounding the plant, a wind Fence surrounds the stockyard with high dust retention efficiency. The company has also implemented the Dry Dust Cruster and a unique Spraying System used to cover the Iron Ore Stockpiles to create a thick and long-lasting crust.