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SO­HAR Port and Free­zone in co­op­er­a­tion with SO­HAR ten­ants signed a con­tract with the Omani com­pany, Nakheel En­vi­ron­men­tal and In­dus­trial So­lu­tions, re­cently to in­stall, op­er­ate, and main­tain an Am­bi­ent Air Qual­ity Mon­i­tor­ing Net­work (AQMN) within SO­HAR area as part of im­ple­ment­ing Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Af­fairs (MECA) in­ten­tion to en­hance the en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing in SO­HAR area. Mark Geilenkirchen, the CEO of SO­HAR Port, signed the agree­ment on be­half of SO­HAR while Nakheel was rep­re­sented by its GM, Ali Al Hus­saini. In­stal­la­tion of the AQMN will start im­me­di­ately and the sys­tem is ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional by quar­ter four of 2018.

Mark Geilenkirchen said, “Good en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment is an es­sen­tial el­e­ment to sus­tain the de­vel­op­ment at SO­HAR, there­fore the mon­i­tor­ing of the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact on the sur­round­ing area is very im­por­tant. In ad­di­tion, the es­tab­lish­ment of AQMN is the ac­tual be­gin­ning of the in­te­grated en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing, which will con­trib­ute to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment within and around SO­HAR. We are proud to have an Omani com­pany that is equipped with the re­quired skills, tech­nol­ogy, and ex­per­tise to pro­vide us with such a so­lu­tion.”

The AQMN project will con­sist of a com­bi­na­tion of fixed and mo­bile sta­tions po­si­tioned at crit­i­cal lo­ca­tions sur­round­ing the Port and Free­zone. The lo­ca­tion se­lected care­fully us­ing the re­sult from air dis­per­sion modelling by Lakes En­vi­ron­men­tal Soft­ware “AERMOD” which was con­ducted in co­or­di­na­tion with MECA and SO­HAR rel­e­vant ten­ants. The AQMN will mea­sure, in real time, the am­bi­ent air qual­ity sur­round­ing SO­HAR. The AQMN is one of the key projects that will help to en­sure that the de­vel­op­ment of the Port and Free­zone is sus­tain­able and com­ply­ing with the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards.

The AQMN is part of a long term strate­gic pro­gram that com­menced in

2017 and ex­e­cuted by the SO­HAR Port and Free­zone, in close co­op­er­a­tion with MECA,. which aims to con­tin­u­ously en­hance the en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment in the area. This pro­gram fo­cusses on en­vi­ron­men­tal per­mit­ting, com­pli­ance of all Port and Free­zone op­er­a­tions with Best In­ter­na­tional Prac­tices and con­tin­u­ous mon­i­tor­ing of the im­pact of the op­er­a­tions on the en­vi­ron­ment in­clud­ing wa­ter, soil, and air.

Ahmed Bin Za­her Al Hi­nai, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs at MECA, said, “The Min­istry is work­ing in line with the re­quire­ments of each stage of the de­vel­op­ment and con­tin­ues in its ef­forts aimed to im­prove and de­velop the en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment in co­or­di­na­tion with its part­ners in var­i­ous fields. The AQMN project is to strengthen the en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem in SO­HAR, as it will pro­vide an in­te­grated data on am­bi­ent air qual­ity which is di­rectly con­nected to MECA mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem and will re­place largely the am­bi­ent air mon­i­tor­ing sta­tions in­stalled by in­di­vid­ual ten­ants, which are of­ten in­stalled within the premises of the ten­ants.

He also men­tioned that MECA is con­tin­u­ing to dis­sem­i­nate and de­velop this model in co­or­di­na­tion with other in­dus­trial ar­eas within OMAN to achieve the prin­ci­ple of part­ner­ship in en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing with the pri­vate sec­tors. Fi­nally, he ap­pre­ci­ated the co­op­er­a­tion of SO­HAR as well as SO­HAR ten­ants to make this model a suc­cess”.

“The de­vel­op­ment of the AQMN is great news for the lo­cal com­mu­nity sur­round­ing SO­HAR area, as it rep­re­sents the con­tin­u­a­tion of the ef­forts be­ing made by SO­HAR in co­op­er­a­tion with MECA and SO­HAR ten­ants to en­hance the en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing in the area. Nakheel will work on in­stalling fixed and mo­bile sta­tions for mon­i­tor­ing of am­bi­ent air qual­ity, us­ing state-ofthe-art tech­nolo­gies that are in line with United States En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency stan­dards,” said Ali Al Hus­saini.

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