Oman’s Transport & Communications Ministry has extended the bid deadline to 27 September for the estimated $120m expansion of the general cargo terminal at Salalah port.

The reason for the extension is unclear although this is the second time that the submission date has now been extended. Firms were originally invited to submit bids for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the terminal and a liquid jetty by 12 July. This was later extended to 23 August (MEED 2:8:10).

The Port of Salalah also issued the tender documents at the end of April rather than at the end of March as planned.

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 new liquid jetty is expected to be operational by the end of 2012. The terminal will be able to accommodate some of the world’s biggest vessels.

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.

Aside from the expansion of the general cargo terminal, other plans involve a $525m expansion of terminal two, which is a container terminal. Lebanon’s Khatib & Alami and Netherlands-based Royal Haskoning have prepared the designs for terminal two.