Qatar Primary Materials Company (QPMC) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Belgium’s Rent-A-Port. The Belgian engineering consultant, port and logistics operator will develop limestone and gabbro quarries in Oman, as well as 1 km-long jetty that will transport materials to Qatar via barge.
The MoU follows QPMC’s recent acquisition of licenses for mining operations in the Khatmat Malaha region of Oman, which forms part of its expansion plans.
The agreement was signed in Doha on 22 March. The signing ceremony was attended by a Belgian business delegation, Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid of Belgium, HE Qatar’s Ambassador to Belgium Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al-Thani, among others.
“As a company established on the instruction of the Qatari government to ensure supplies of building materials in support of the booming construction industry in Qatar, QPMC is bound to constantly explore new mines in search of primary materials and with Rent-A-Port as an expert consultant, we hope not only to maximise output from Khatmat Malaha quarries and ensure most efficient operations at controlled costs, but to also achieve a solid leap in the bilateral relations between Qatar and Belgium as two friendly countries,” said Engineer Eisa Al Hammadi, QPMC CEO. “We are hopeful that it will be another milestone in enhancing the already robust trade relations that exist between both the countries and Her Highness’s attendance of the signing event echoes this same objective.”
Marc Stordiau, Rent-A-Port Managing Director, added: “We at Rent-A-Port take great pride in associating ourselves with QPMC by providing services to QPMC in the design and feasibility of the said Khatmat Malaha quarry and jetty, also of the new Lusail jetty, cement silo and conveyor stacker project in Qatar.”
Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham
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