Oman’s leading steelmaker Jindal Shadeed Iron & Steel announced that its affiliate Vulcan Pelletizing has commenced construction work on an iron ore pelletising plant on its premises. Jindal Shadeed said the project, when fully operational, will be the largest single kiln pelletising plant in the Gulf region. The foundation-stone laying ceremony was led by Jindal Steel & Power Vice Chairman Mr VR Sharma The 6 million tonnes per annum capacity plant will provide the required feedstock for Jindal Shadeed’s steel manufacturing operations in Sohar. As a captive project, its output will be wholly dedicated to meeting the raw material requirements of Jindal’s steel mill at the industrial port. Earlier this year, the Helsinki-headquartered machinery manufacturer Metso Outotec said it had won a contract worth around USD 31 million for the manufacture and installation of a grate kiln-type pelletising plant. Grate kilns produce pellets of more consistent quality at a lower cost than other types of pelletising systems. In addition to the core machinery, the hardware will also include the travelling gate, rotary kiln and annular cooler. The industrial port is also home to a giant pelletising project of Vale Oman Pelletising Company, an Oman-Brazilian joint venture majority owned by Bale. In addition to a pelletising plant of 9 million tonnes per year capacity, Vale Oman also operates a giant stockyard and distribution centre with a throughput of 40 million tonnes per year.