Oman’s Transport & Communications Ministry has extended the bid deadline for the consultancy services contract covering the rehabilitation of the general cargo terminal at the Port of Salalah.

Bids are now due on 2 September, having previously been due on 5 August. To date, 15 companies have bought the tender documents.

The rising volume of cargo passing through the Salalah port is driving the need to upgrade the existing cargo terminal.

The rehabilitation deal is one of a number of tenders expected to be released this year as the port looks to support the increasing number of industries setting up in the nearby freezone.

A tender for a northern breakwater was expected to be floated in the first half of this year, but is yet to be issued. There are also plans to build new container terminal berths in the next 12-18 months.