Oman has invited contractors to prequalify for a project to build a new bulk liquid berths terminal at the Port of Duqm on the sultanate’s central coast.

The terminal will be built adjacent to the proposed Duqm refinery and will act as the export port refined products from the facility.

Project client Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (Sezad) has asked companies to submit prequalification documents for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) packages by 10 March.

Sezad is planning to tender the project to prequalified companies in the second quarter of 2015 and start EPC work in the fourth quarter. The scheme is due to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018.

The scope of work includes the following packages:

1.       Dredging and reclamation

2.       Jetty structure

3.       Topsides facilities including project storage tanks, dry bulk facilities, pipeline, buildings and roads

Duqm Refinery & Petrochemical Industries Company (DRPIC) will build the new refinery at the same time as the new terminal is being constructed. The 230,000 barrel-a-day (b/d) facility is also expected to be tendered in the first half of 2015 with construction due to start in 2016.

The refinery will handle the import of crude from outside Oman and the export of refined products to the international market.

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