Chinese firm chosen as contractor for Omani shrimp farm

shrimp farm Arthur Morrien flickrA joint venture project by Singapore and Oman to build a US$120mn an integrated shrimp and sea cucumber farm and township in Oman has selected China Wuyi Company as the contractor of the project

To be built in Qurun across 500ha, the project is owned by Arabian Marine Development — a joint venture between Arabian Marine Development, Bank Sohar and Singapore’s Lim Shrimp Organisation, also the operator of the project.

The contract is worth US$69.45mn, the Singaporean firm said.

Under the agreement, China Wuyi Company will build ponds, irrigation system, staff housing, administration buildings, processing plant, cold storage, feed mills, hatchery, pumping station, executive housing, farm stores, warehouse, social facilities, sporting facilities, landscape, guard house, waste water treatment and other amenities.

The project is expected to be completed in 21 months. The farm will be an integrated aquaculture site and township, said the company.

“This farm will be a self-contained facility with desalination plant, processing plant, cold storage, waste water treatment, incinerator plant for rubbish, feed mills, hatchery for shrimp and sea cucumber, staff housing, executive housing, administrative center, social facilities, sport center, religious facilities, and other supporting amenities,” it said.

“This farm will operate to transfer high tech aquaculture technology to the local [market] within five years.”

Its produce will be processed and exported to the Gulf countries, the EU and Japan. The farm expects to produce around 4,000 tonnes of shrimp and 2,000 tonnes of wet sea cucumber annually.

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