Sohar Port and Freezone signs deal for monitoring air quality
Sohar Port and Freezone on Sunday announced that it has signed a contract with Nakheel Environmental & Industrial Solutions, in cooperation with Sohar tenants, for installing, operating, and maintaining an ambient air quality monitoring network (AQMN) in Sohar.
In a press release, Sohar Port and Freezone said that signing of the contract is in line with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs’ (MECA) intention to enhance environmental monitoring at the port city.
The AQMN project will consist of a combination of fixed and mobile stations positioned at critical locations surrounding the port and freezone. The AQMN will measure the ambient air quality surrounding Sohar in real time manner. It is one of the key projects that will help to ensure that the development of the port and freezone is sustainable and complying with the national and international environmental standards, the statement said.
Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of Sohar Port and Freezone and Ali al Hussaini, general manager at Nakheel Environmental & Industrial Solutions signed the agreement.
Installation of the AQMN will start immediately and the system is expected to be operational by fourth quarter of this year.
Speaking on reason for initiating the project Geilenkirchen said, “Good environmental management is an essential element to sustain the development at Sohar, therefore the monitoring of the environmental impact on the surrounding area is very important.”
“We are proud to have an Omani company that is equipped with the required skills, technology, and expertise to provide us with such a solution,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion Ahmed bin Zaher al Hinai, director general of environmental affairs at MECA said,”Nakheel will work on installing fixed and mobile stations for monitoring of ambient air quality, using state-of-the-art technologies that are in line with United States Environmental Protection Agency standards.”
The project is a great example of public private partnership because the project is supported and financed by Sohar tenants and will be executed in close coordination with MECA, he added.