Bidders line up for Salalah port consultancy contract

31 October 2003
The Transport & Communications Ministry has extended the bid deadline to 8 December for the contract to provide design and construction supervision services for the expansion of Salalah port. Thirteen consultants picked up tender documents for the proposed scheme (MEED 19:9:03; 20:6:03).

They are Omani Engineering Consultancy Companyand Ibn Khaldun- both local, Lebanon's Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners), Kuwait Consulting & Investment Company, Halcrow, WS Atkins, Hyder Consultingand High-Point Rendel- all of the UK, Parsons Internationaland Han Padron Associates- both of the US, the Indian/Danish L&T-Ramboll Consulting Engineersand Consulting Engineering Servicesand Environmental Civil Engineering Consulting Centre- both of India.

The project, which is valued at $150 million, calls for the expansion of deepwater berths 5 and 6 and the extension of the existing eastern breakwater by a further 2.5 kilometres. Salalah Port Services Company (SPS) manages the terminal. The government is understood to be considering various financing options for the scheme. A team from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development also visited the port in early October.

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