Considering that industrial production is poised for a new high, the demand for metals is bound to go up. Metallic minerals in Oman include copper, gold, chromite, manganese, lead and zinc. In 2015, 442,658 MT of chromite and 41,226 MT of copper were extracted. Majority of Oman chromite ores are shipped to China. As steel industry is the foundation industry of any economy, Oman could use its chromite reserves to its full advantage.
Chromite ores from Oman are mainly located in the mountainous region of Sohar, Sumail and Sur. With many as 79 locations believed to hold potentially rich chrome ore deposits having been identified by the Ministry’s DirectorateGeneral of Minerals along a coastal swathe spanning the wilayats (provinces) of Shinas and Sohar, chromite holds a lot of promise.
Oman is getting aggressive to explore and exploit copper. The country has sizeable copper ore presence. Four concessions are planned to mine copper at Yanqul, Khaboura and Samad. Zinc, used for rustproofing steel in everything from auto bodies to suspension bridges, is also found in sizeable quantities in Oman.
A manganese ferroalloy smelter is being constructed adjacent to the ferrochrome smelter owned by subsidiary Gulf Mining Ferro Alloy (GMFA) at Sohar Free Zone. The project will — for the first time — add value to Oman’s manganese ore, production of which has hitherto been exported. Avenues to downstream value-adding activities are also being explored.
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