Oman’s Transport & Communications Ministry has received bids from 19 companies for the $120m expansion of the general cargo terminal at Salalah port.

The bid deadline was 27 September, after two delays from the original date of 12 July (MEED 7:9:10).

The expansion of the general cargo terminal involves building an additional 1,200 metres of multi-purpose berths, a new northern breakwater, facilities for dry-bulk commodities and a new liquids jetty. The expansion will increase capacity at the terminal to 40 million tonnes of dry-bulk commodities and five million tonnes of liquid products each year.

The Transport & Communications Ministry is expected to award the contract in early 2011.

The bidders include:

  • Bam Contractors (Netherlands-based)
  • Afcons Infrastructure (India)
  • Galfar Engineering & Contracting (local)
  • Consolidated Contractors Company (Athens-based)
  • Ballast Nedam (Netherlands-based)
  • Archirodon Construction Company (Riyadh-based)
  • Hindustan Construction Company (India)
  • Sambu Construction Company (South Korea)
  • Essar Ports & Terminals (India)
  • Muhibbah Engineering (Malaysia-based)
  • Strabag (Austria)
  • National United Engineering and Contracting Company (local)
  • Carillion Alawi (local)
  • 115 Construction and Installation (local)
  • Simplex Infrastructures (India)
  • Gammon India
  • China Harbour Engineering Company
  • STX Construction Company (South Korea)
  • GS Engineering & Construction Company (South Korea)

The expansion of the terminal is part of the $645m expansion of the Port of Salalah that will be carried out over a period of 20 years.