About Vale

About Vale

We are one of the world’s largest mining companies in iron ore, nickel and pellets production operating in around 30 countries across 5 continents. Attracted by the Sultanate’s strategical location outside the Strait of Hurmuz, Vale invested around $ 2 billion in its pelletizing plant with a nominal capacity of 9 million ton of pellets per annum connected with a distribution center with 40 million ton of handling capacity.

Vale came to Oman in 2007 with a mission to transform natural resources into prosperity and sustainable development. Since then, we have been working to contribute to the future of the Sultanate and its people. With our industrial complex based in Sohar, we value our employees and the local communities surrounding our operations.

Vale plays a large role in your everyday life and in the world around you. We are proud to share more information about our business and how we are contributing to the sustainability of Oman.

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about Vale’s work in Oman.

Our partners in Oman



Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C. is a commercial compa​ny wholly owned by the Government of the Sultanate of Oman. The Company was incorporated in 1996 to pursue investment opportunities in the energy sector both inside and outside Oman. Through participation in energy and energy related projects, the Company plays an important role in the Sultanate's efforts to diversify the Omani economy and to promote Omani and foreign private sector investment.

In October 2012, Vale also officially sealed its partnership with the Omani Government through Oman Oil Company, signing a Share Purchase Agreement for 30% registered share capital in Vale Oman Pelletizing Company L.L.C which owns the Pelletizing Plant. Vale’s Distribution Center remains 100% owned by Vale International.

For more information, you can visit https://oq.com/index.aspx




Sohar Port and Freezone is a deep-sea port and 4,500-hectare free zone located just outside the Strait of Hormuz in Sohar, Oman. World-leading companies such as Vale, Air Liquide, Larsen & Toubro, Methanol Holding International and Jindal Power & Steel are located there along with the following clusters: semi-finished iron and steel products, plastics and rubber; ceramics; chemicals, food and perishables, white goods and furniture; and the automotive industry.

The partnership with Vale in Oman is comprised of an investment of US$ 250 million for the construction of our deep-water terminal.

For more information, you can visit www.soharportandfreezone.com​​




Oman Shipping Company S.A.O.C. is a closed joint stock company, incorporated in 2003 and owned by the Government of the Sultanate of Oman through the Ministry of Finance (80%) and Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C. (20%). The Company’s customers have included Shell, Mitsubishi Corporation, Itochu Corporation, Oman LNG, Qalhat LNG, Petronet, Qatar Gas and Oman Refinery & Petrochemical Company.

Vale partnered with Oman Shipping Company to build four Valemax vessels that are supporting its operations. With an investment of US$ 500 million, Vale named the vessels after the Wiliyats which are closest to its operations - Vale Liwa, Vale Shinas, Vale Sohar and Vale Saham.

For more information, you can visit www.omanship.co.om​​​