Mazoon Dairy, the flagship dairy project of the Sultanate of Oman, has passed another major milestone in its development with the award of three new contracts worth OMR25million.
The contracts have been awarded to ARTAT, Al Adrak Trading and Contracting and Tetra Pak to commence the development of its technologically advanced central dairy processing plant in Welayat Al Sunainah, Al Buraimi Governorate.
The companies will be closely involved in design development, procurement, testing, commissioning, operations, maintenance and delivery of the central processing plant building.
Dr Rashid Al-Masroori, chairman of Mazoon Dairy Company was present at the signing along with Dr Thomas Alexander CEO Al Adrak Trading and Construction, Riyadh Al Omair, ARTAT and Mats W Andersson, project sales director, Tetra Pak.
The contract with Al Adrak, valued at OMR14.40 million, also includes developing a state of the art dairy processing plant, milk reception centres, administrative offices, a control office, storage for raw materials and a facility to manufacture plastic containers.
ARTAT has been awared contract worth OMR261,000 to provide livestock feed mixing equipment, which will ensure high-quality feed that improves and increases the performance of livestock and production efficiency.
Tetra Pak, the foremost food processing and packaging solutions company, has been awarded contract worth OMR10.50 million to ensure the supply and installation of all dairy processing equipment, including milk reception and storages, tanks, homogenisation and pasteurisation machines, as well as all refrigeration’s and other utility requirements.
The rapid pace of development of the project is helping to reinforce the company’s vision to support the Sultanate’s drive towards self-sufficiency in food production and create opportunities for Omani youth in the workforce.
“The collective expertise and cutting-edge technology of these three leading companies in the food manufacturing business will ensure that we are on track to delivering a fully-integrated dairy farm and plant facility that is ready to meet the nutritional demands of the Sultanate,” Dr Arjun Subramanian, general manager projects at Mazoon Dairy Company, said.
“This signing event is another vital milestone progressing towards the construction of our state of the art dairy farm production facility. On the same note, we wish to extend our thanks to implementation follow & support unit (ISFU Oman) in also facilitating the progress so far,” he added.
“We are proud to partner with Mazoon dairy in being awarded this contract to build the facility in Oman. Our strong capabilities in the farming sector in the region will enable us to meet the expectations of the Mazoon dairy in delivering the highest quality of animal feed in the facility,” Riyadh Al Omair of ARTAT, said.
“The global food and beverage industry is one of the fastest growing sectors — and naturally requires the latest technology to support its rapid growth and expansion. We are delighted to be contracted with Mazoon Dairy to develop one of the largest and most ambitious dairy projects in the region,” Dr Thomas Alexander, CEO Al Adrak, said.
“We are excited to be a part of this journey to help build one of the most technologically advanced dairy facilities in the country and the Gulf region. Our diverse international expertise in the food manufacturing sector, coupled with our superior packaging technology and our commitment to provide safe food for our customers makes us the right partner for a project of this scale,” Mats W Andersson, Project Sales Director, Tetra Pak, said.
Backed by the Oman Food Investment Company alongside civil service pension fund, Royal office pension fund, Al-Hosn Investment Company, Oman dairy products and derivatives and Oman Investment fund. Mazoon Dairy Company, will provide quality home produced dairy and juice products, including milk, yoghurt, laban, cheese, ice cream and juices. The company intends to launch soon with a full product range — a unique achievement for a large-scale project of this kind in the Gulf region.