US-based Magnum Technology Centre (MTC), a world leader in the design and manufacture of entire equipment packages for well testing and production, has opened a new 345,000 sq ft production facility in the Hamriyah Free Zone.
The new factory, MTC’s second plant in the UAE, is set to increase its production capacity by 10% from its current 1,000 metric tonnes per year.
The facility was opened by Saud Salim Al Mazrouei, HFZA Director and Sajeev John, Vice President of MTC, in the presence of senior officials from HFZA and General Manager Shibu David of MTC HFZA.
Soon after cutting the ribbon, Al Mazrouei, accompanied by a number of HFZA officials, toured the new facility, which is powered by 121 highly experienced staff and has a sound engineering and manufacturing capability to cater to the oil and gas industry. He was briefed on the latest techniques and solutions provided in the fields of well testing and production, underbalanced drilling, and managed pressure drilling and Modular buildings.
Thanks to its state-of-the-art infrastructure and advanced logistical capabilities, the Hamriyah Free Zone Authority has grabbed the attention of many prestigious businesses operating in the oil and gas sector from all over the world, especially those looking to expand their operations in promising markets rife with growth opportunities in the energy sector.
The UAE is the world's seventh-biggest oil producer, and had produced more than 4 million tons in 2020. The UAE is also the world’s tenth largest gas producer. Therefore, the Sharjah-based free zone (HFZA) is committed to providing a unique investment environment that will push all businesses to new, unprecedented heights of growth and excellence through forward-looking policies and initiatives.
Speaking on the occasion, Al Mazrouei emphasized that HFZA has grown into a significant hub for oil and gas industries. This would not have been possible had it not been for the wise vision of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, who seeks to strengthen Sharjah's position as a top investment destination, offering value-added services to all investors.
“Driven by Dr Sheikh Sultan’s vision, HFZA has made it a priority to make it easier for investors to access all basic needs, particularly in the energy industry. Accordingly, we have developed a comprehensive system of logistical services and cutting-edge infrastructure to stimulate the growth of businesses including those operating in the oil and gas sector,” Al Mazrouei said.
"MTC's new plant in HFZA will surely be a great addition to other oil and gas enterprises operating in the free zone, in particular, and the UAE in general, simply because of its unique specialty and innovative services," he added.
Al Mazrouei went on to say that the existence of Hamriyah Port, which offers export and import services for oil, gas, and petrochemical raw materials, along with the fact that HFZA is strategically located in the middle of the most significant energy markets in the world, has resulted in more than 1,500 businesses specialized in the petrochemical industry, oil and gas storage, and bunkering, basing their operations in the free zone. Additionally, we allot a combined service area to businesses engaged in this sector, in particular.
For his part, John said: "Since we established our first production facility in the UAE in 2010, we set our sights on becoming a major supplier for the global oil and gas industry by providing an innovative range of individual and packaged products designed and manufactured to the latest industry standards from stock or with advanced delivery, which therefore enhances the ability of our customers to bring their services to the market on time.”
“We have selected HFZA in particular for many reasons. HFZA provides unique privileges and facilities to foreign investors and has vast and varied experience in the traditional and renewable energy sectors. It is also one of the most important and largest free zones in the UAE, attracting huge investments in the field of energy, especially oil and gas. It houses major international companies operating in this sector. We are confident that our HFZA-based production facility will help us expand our business specialties in other sectors such as renewable, Electrical modular buildings and reach new markets in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe,” John added.
In addition to offering industrial and commercial plots of land, HFZA, the second-largest industrial-free zone in the UAE, provides advanced infrastructure and modern facilities that strengthen external expansion plans for investors, especially in importing and re-exporting, to the world’s markets.
It also provides countless competitive advantages, most notably a single-window operation that boosts the efficiency of performance and eases procedures of doing business, along with multiple tax exemptions, repatriation of capital and profits, full foreign ownership of the business, and quick access to regional and global markets.