Officials at the signing ceremony

Officials at the signing ceremony

Indian major to set up $300m plant in Sohar

01 October 2017

Shrivallabh Pittie Group (SVP), one of the largest manufacturers of cotton yarn in India and a global leader in the sector, has signed a land lease agreement to establish a new $300-million plant in Sohar Freezone to manufacture a wide range of cotton yarn.

Sultan Bin Salim Bin Said Al Habsi, chairman of Sohar Port and Freezone, led a high-level delegation from Oman to Jaipur, India yesterday, and met with officials of SVP.

Abdullah Humaid Al Mamary, chairman of Bank Sohar, together with acting-CEO Sasi Kumar and other senior officials from the bank, were also part of the delegation. The plant, to be operated as SV Pittie Sohar Textiles FZC-LLC, will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Bombay-listed SVP Global Ventures.

The facility will eventually provide over 1,500 jobs and is expected to start commercial operations in late 2019.

Bank Sohar has been awarded the syndication mandate to fund the entire project in two phases.

The bank has currently underwritten phase-one debt, to achieve financial closure. On successful completion of phase-one, the bank plans to syndicate a term debt for phase-two, along with a share of phase-one debt, to interested lenders, said a statement.

Sasi Kumar said: “We are honoured to be the finance partner for a project of this magnitude that is expected to have a significant impact on the development of the region. It demonstrates our commitment to collaborate as a one-stop financial services provider catering to the diverse needs of individuals and large corporate customers.”

 The plant will import 100,000 metric tonnes of cotton fibre annually through Sohar Port, with around 50 per cent coming from the US and the remainder split between Australia and India. The plant will produce around 75,000 tonnes of finished yarn each year .


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