Oman’s Transport and Communications Ministry is inviting companies to submit bids by 12 July to carry out the expansion of the general cargo terminal and to build a new liquid jetty at the port of Salalah.

The expansion of the general container 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 the world’s biggest vessels.

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

Aside from the expansion of the general container terminal, other plans involve a $525m expansion of terminal two, which is a container terminal.

The design for terminal two is now complete and construction could start in 2011 (MEED 28:2:10).

Lebanon’s Khatib & Alami and Netherlands-based Royal Haskoning have prepared the designs for terminal two.

The development of terminal two will involve the construction of three deepwater berths, which will increase the port’s container-handling capacity to 9 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) a year.

Further phases of the masterplan will see the container terminal expanded to reach a total quay length of 8km, giving the port a capacity of 15 million TEUs a year by 2030.