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MDO signs shareholders’ agreement for joint development of Liwa gabbro resources

Minerals Development Oman (MDO), the Sultanate’s mining investment flagship, signed a shareholders’ agreement with two prominent Omani firms for the joint development of a new gabbro concession in Liwa in North Al Batinah Governorate.

Participating in the initiative as shareholders are Minerals Development Oman (40 per cent), Assarain Enterprise (30 per cent) and Al Fajar Al Alamiya (30 per cent). The agreement was signed in the presence of Hilal al Busaidy, CEO of the Public Authority for Mining (PAM). The signing took place on the second day of the Oman Mining Expo 2019 under way at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Located in Liwa Wilayat, the Liwa Gabbro Project covers an area of about 2 sq km. A mining licence for the development of the resource was awarded to MDO by the Public Authority for Mining (PAM) in February this year. The site has indicated mineable resources estimated at 211 million tonnes and, with an estimated production of 5 million tonnes per annum. The life of the mine is estimated to be 50 years.

“MDO held discussions with various players in the gabbro industry for partnership and, after negotiation, an SPV with Oman’s Assarain Enterprise and Al Fajar Al Alamiya was formed to develop the project,” said MDO in a press statement.

Assarain will undertake an off-take of 300,000 tonnes per annum, while Al Fajar Al Alamiya will off-take 2.4 million tonnes in the first two years, and 300,000 tonnes per annum for years 3 to 5. Gabbro is used in the building and construction sector.

Nasser Maqbali, CEO — Minerals Development Oman, signed the agreement on behalf of MDO, which was established in 2016 with a capital of RO 100 million. MDO is as a partnership of four Omani sovereign wealth funds and investment entities: State General Reserve Fund (SGRF), Oman Investment Fund (OIF), Takamul Investment, and Oman National Investments Development Company (TANMIA).

MDO has been set up with a strategic vision to unleash the potential of Oman’s mining sector in support of the socioeconomic progress of the Omani population, notably through employment creation, local capacity building, small business growth, community sustainable development, and GDP growth.
  • Minerals Development Oman
  • Investment
  • Shareholders Agreement
  • Gabbro Concession
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