SOHAR Port and Freezone is a deep-sea Port and Free zone in the Sultanate of Oman, managed by Sohar Industrial Port Company (SIPC), a .50:50joint venture between the Port of Rotterdam and the Sultanate of Oman.
PLOT APPLICATION FORM
The information you provide in this application form will help us understand your organization better and assist us in evaluating your proposed project in SOHAR FREEZONE. It will serve as the basis for our commercial proposal and will become an annex in the eventual Land Lease Agreement.
Kindly complete all sections of this document in detail. If more space is required in any section, please attach an extra sheet to provide additional information. This will help us in processing your application quickly.
Your complete application should comprise of:
- Authorization to sign; if applicable
- Copies of all passports of Individual shareholders and Commercial Registration of Corporate shareholders
- Audited annual reports of the last three years of the main shareholders; if corporate.
- Financial statement of at least six months of the main shareholders; if individuals
- Explanation of Manufacturing process and Technology (Industries only)
- Other relevant documents (if available such as a Business plan etc.)
All information provided by your firm will be treated as confidential and will not be disclosed to third parties other then Government or Utility providers without prior consent.
After receiving your application, SOHAR Freezone will evaluate your proposal and revert within 3 working days. If the project is approved, and the form is signed by both parties, Freezone Sohar will revert with a commercial proposal. Start-up of our One-Stop-Shop clearances can commence after signing of a Land Lease Agreement.
SOHAR FREEZONE LLC GUIDANCE NOTE
“From Contract to Groundbreaking”
At SOHAR Freezone, we strive to have clear and transparent business processes. This Guidance note informs the Freezone client on the mandatory steps that have to be taken to be allowed to work on the plot and commence groundbreaking. All these process steps will be coordinated by our One Stop Shop department.
Step 1: Conduct the Environmental Study
A study on the environmental side of the project is required for all projects in the Freezone. If a “No Objection Letter” (NOL) has not yet been obtained, we will request one with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA). In the NOL, MECA will stipulate whether the project requires a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA, to be conducted by an approved consultant) or if an Environmental Review will suffice (an ER is more comprehensive and may be conducted by any competent party).
The NOL will also indicate whether the project has to comply with the International Pollution Prevention Control framework (IPPC) and/or the SEVESO II Framework for External Safety. All interaction with MECA is held with the dedicated branch for the SOHAR Port and Freezone, the “SOHAR Environmental Unit” (SEU).
After scope approval, the EIA can be conducted which on average requires 2 to 4 months. An ER can be made in much less time, normally a few weeks. MECA has several very informative guidance notes on the environmental reporting which are available through our One Stop Shop as is a list of approved consultants.
Once the Environmental Report is submitted, the SEU will review the document and if the quality is good enough, the report will be forwarded, with the official permit application, to MECA in Muscat who will issue the environmental permit.
Step 2a: Submit the Electricity application
Our One Stop Shop department will prepare the application for the Electricity connection. The client has to provide the general plant lay-out, electrical load requirements over time and the single line diagrams. Therefore the application can only be made once the engineering process can deliver these data.
The Commercial tariff is OMR 0.020/kWh and the Industrial tariff is OMR 0.012/kWh from Sep-Apr (8 months) and OMR 0.024/kWh from May-Aug (4 months). The Industrial tariff can be applied for only when the power factor exceeds 0.9. For detailed information on utility connections, reference is made to FZS guidance note on utility connections.
Step 2b: Submit the Water Services applications
Majis Industrial Services has the exclusive rights for all water related services in SOHAR Freezone. This includes provision of potable water, process water and irrigation water as well as collection of sewage and waste water. The tariff and quality data sheets are available through the One Stop Shop who will also prepare and submit the application(s).
Step 3: Submit the application for the Plot Work Permit
SOHAR Freezone has published Development Control Regulations (DCR) to set out the minimum design requirements for the development in the first phase of the Freezone. The DCR stipulates our rules on issues like building setback, heights, fences, parking areas, landscaping, drainage etc. On the basis of the DCR, the client is expected to submit a full application of drawings. Once approved, a Freezone Plot Work permit will
be issued through the One Stop Shop. A separate permit procedure exists for works in the common areas. Preparing the application for the Plot Work permit (by the client’s engineer) requires frequent interaction between the Freezone technical team and the client’s engineer. In total, this process will take 2 to 3 months on average.
Step 4: Submit the application for the temporary Fire Safety Permit
A separate application will have to be made to obtain the temporary fire safety permit from the Royal Oman Police (ROP), Civil Defence department. Like the DCR, drawings are required which will have to be prepared by the client’s engineer. The following sets have to be submitted to the One Stop Shop, who will prepare the application.
• 5 copies of a sketch plan of the project approximate scale 1:200 or 1:400 according to the land area indicating the location of the project, buildings, streets, public service lines and water resources for fire fighting (*).
• 5 copies of the drawings of approximate scale not less than 1:100 indicating emergency paths in the case of fire, and reactionary designs and installations to protect the building and its residents and its other stuff and that must be shown in all drawings (*).
The Client is allowed to start construction on the plot when:
1. The Environmental Report is approved by SEU and forwarded to MECA, and;
2. The Plot Work Permit has been issued by Freezone Sohar, and;
3. The temporary fire safety permit has been issued by ROP Civil Defence.