Sohar Port & Free Zone Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Network

In line with its commitment to implement the directives of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA), which include enhancing environmental monitoring in and around the port and promoting effective environmental management, SOHAR Port and Freezone officially launched the Air Quality Monitoring Network (AQMN) Project.

The ceremony took place yesterday, on February 20, under the auspices of Mohammed bin Salim al Toobi, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs and in the presence of Dr Mohammed bin Nasser al Zaabi, Chairman of the Board of SOHAR Port and Freezone, Shaikh Mohana bin Saif al Lamki, Governor of North Al Batinah and members of the Shura Council. Also in attendance were various representatives from the public sector as well as several SOHAR tenants.

The AQMN project is a first-of-its-kind comprehensive and integrated project in the Sultanate, which specialises in monitoring air quality at the Port and Freezone as well as in the surrounding areas. It was launched by Omani company, Nakheel Environmental and Industrial Solutions, in accordance with the Ministerial Decree 41/2017.
The AQMN project consists of both fixed and mobile stations positioned at critical locations around the Port and Freezone. This is one of the key projects that will help ensure that the development of SOHAR is both sustainable and compliant with national and international environmental standards.

Ali Mossa AlHussaini, General Manager of Nakheel Environmental and Industrial Solutions LLC noted, “The engineering and technical design of the project’s stations has been implemented as per the standard specifications of the Air Quality Regulation issued by MECA. The installation and the trial operation of the fixed and mobile stations began in the last quarter of 2018 and has been live since the January 1, 2019.”

(Source: Oman Observer,

About Sohar Port & Freezone

SOHAR Port and Freezone is a deep-sea Port and Freezone in the Sultanate of Oman, managed by Sohar Industrial Port Company (SIPC), a 50:50 joint venture between the Port of Rotterdam and the Sultanate of Oman. The Freezone is a 4,500 – hectare development that, together with the Port, has attracted global investments of US$26 Billion.

The Port’s three major clusters – logistics, petrochemicals and metals – will soon be joined by Oman’s first ever terminal to be dedicated to the handling of agricultural bulk. This new addition will manage the nation’s strategic food reserves and joins independent terminals operated by world-class leading companies that include C. Steinweg Oman for general cargo, Oiltanking Terminals & Company LLC for liquid cargo, and Hong-Kong based Hutchison Whampoa for containers.