Bids in for Duqm port

15 February 2002

A team led by the US' Han Padron Associatesis the low bidder at just under RO 1.3 million ($3.4 million) for the contract to provide design and consultancy services for a new port and drydock complex at Duqm in the Gulf of Masirah.

The project entails building a ship repair yard, naval and commercial docking facilities, and cargo berths at the port, which presently caters for small craft. The scheme calls for the construction of a 3.5-kilometre breakwater, a 500-metre quay wall and a drydock with the capacity to handle 25,000-35,000-dwt vessels. The existing harbour basin will require dredging to a depth of 10 metres.

The Transport & Communications Ministry is the client. Duqm is part of the government's plan to develop the infrastructure of small regional ports (MEED 31:8:01).

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