High-mo­bil­ity ve­hi­cle fac­tory set to come up in sul­tanate

$84mn project to pro­duce 9,000 units for civil­ian use and 1,000 for mil­i­tary

Muscat Daily - - FRONT PAGE -

Oman will be join­ing a small num­ber of coun­tries that cur­rently man­u­fac­ture high-mo­bil­ity ve­hi­cles (HMVs) once the Wuhan Xiao­long fac­tory comes up in the China-Oman In­dus­trial Park in Duqm.

The HMV project was among the nine ma­jor projects that were an­nounced and agree­ments signed to the tune of US$3.2bn in the China-Oman In­dus­trial Park at the Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone in Duqm (SEZD) in April.

Since then, con­sid­er­able progress has been made on the project. Ou Gu­osheng, gen­eral man­ager of Wuhan Xiao­long Au­to­mo­tive and Tech­nol­ogy, said that three stages have been com­pleted. “The first is the soil and ge­o­graph­i­cal sur­veys, the sec­ond sign­ing the part­ner­ship agree­ment with Wan­fang Oman Com­pany, and the third stage is site de­sign to suit the needs of the fac­tory,” he said in the lat­est is­sue of Duqm Economist, SEZAD’s news­let­ter.

Gu­osheng ex­pressed his plea­sure for sign­ing the part­ner­ship agree­ment with Wan­fang Oman Com­pany, the firm be­hind the devel­op­ment of the Chi­naO­man In­dus­trial Park, that al­lows Wuhan Xiao­long to set up a fac­tory for the pro­duc­tion of HMVs.

He added that the com­pany would in­vest US$84mn in the project, the first of its kind in the Mid­dle East. “Man­u­fac­tur­ing high-mo­bil­ity ve­hi­cles is a heavy in­dus­try. Wuhan Xiao­long will man­u­fac­ture all the tools and spare parts for the ve­hi­cles,” he said.

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