The contract covers two breakwaters, expected to be four-five kilometres in length, dredging, reclamation and the construction of quay walls. A tender is expected to be issued in the first quarter of 2006.

Construction of the port, likely to cost in excess of $500 million, will be tendered in three packages: the marine works; the shipyard; and infrastructure, including paving, roads, services and buildings. Tendering of the other two contracts is not expected for at least a year. South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Companysigned a letter of intent earlier in the year to invest in the ship repair yard.

The port will be used by the Royal Navy of Oman, the Royal Yacht Squadron and the Royal Omani Police. Bids are under evaluation from Austria’s Strabag and India’s Larsen & Toubroto build a nearby airstrip (MEED 26:8:05).