Oman’s Transport & Communications Ministry has invited contractors to submit bids for the contract to build an administration building, roads, car parking and infrastructure at the Sohar Industrial Port.

Contractors have until 5 November to submit bids for the infrastructure tender, which will be located at the Harmoul harbour area of the Sohar port.

The infrastructure package is the latest of a number of construction projects planned for Sohar, as the government seeks to expand the port’s industrial capacity.

In March, Brazilian mining company Vale opened its $1.36bn iron ore pelletising plant and distribution centre at the Sohar port.

The pelletising plant consists of two 4.5 million tonne-a-year (t/y) units, the first of which went on stream in April 2011. The plant can now ramp up to its full 9 million-t/y capacity.

The Sohar distribution centre will be able to handle up to 40 milllion t/y of iron ore pellets, using the 1.4km deepwater terminal built in a joint venture between Vale and Sohar Industrial Port Company.

In June, the local Majis Industrial Services Company (MISC) has invites contractors to submit bids for the contract to build a reverse osmosis (RO) plant and a water processing facility at the Sohar Industrial Port area in northern Oman.