Towards complementing the Sultanate’s concrete industry with low carbon cements

Investigating supersulfated cements in Oman

The Sultanate of Oman has been experiencing a substantial growth in cement and concrete demand during the last decades, as a result of the economic reform set by his Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Annual concrete production figures are showing increasing trends since 2011 where at that time, concrete production was well below 200,000 m3. It took less than 6 years to grow in a four-fold and reach a value of more than 870,000 m3 in 2016 [1]. Indeed, such growth in the demand was proportional to the growth of the number of new construction projects: during the same period (2011 to 2016), the demand for infrastructure increased substantially to become almost 15 times higher than it was few years ago. While there is no reason to assume that the trends will not continue up rising on one hand, and, with concrete being the main construction material on the other hand, there is now a clear challenge for the concrete industry to respond and cater for the infra structural needs of the country.

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