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Oman launches its USD 3.40 billion DryDock.

| MUSCAT, June 9 (KUNA) -- Sultanate of Oman has officially launched, on Saturday, Oman DryDock (ODC), one of the biggest and most modern ship repair yards in the Middle East, with a cost of 1.31 billion Omani Riyal (USD 3.40 billion).

Chairman of Oman Drydock Company and undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications for ports and maritime affairs Said bin Hamdoon Al-Harthy told the press that ODC is currently working in its fullest capacity and it is one of the biggest projects that would provide diversity of recourses to the country as well as great employment opportunities for the public.

The project, located in Duqm state in the Wusta region of Oman, has achieved success during its initial operational stages which started in April of 2011, he noted. He further added that ODC have received more than 80 ships of all sizes and nationalities, with more focus on handling, with greater care, giant oil and gas vessels.

ODC yard stretches over 1,277,000 square meters of land and 1,139,000 square meters of sea surface with 2,800 meters length of quays.

ODC is equipped to discharge treated wastewater at the rate of 30 cubic meters per hour, making it capable of handling the waste streams of even Ultra Large Crude Carriers (ULCC).

The ODC zone is not only a ship yard but also a free zone, an airport and a seaport facility. It aims at reducing dependence on oil revenues and improving its labor skills in compliance with the country's vision 2020. (end) ahr.nfm KUNA 091240 Jun 12NNNN

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Date:Jun 9, 2012
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