Oman is expected to award the contract for the OR50m ($130m) expansion of the general cargo terminal at Salalah port in August.

The expansion project is expected to take one and a half years to complete. An award was initially expected in early 2011.

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 project also involves building 1,266 metres of multi-purpose berths, with drafts of 18 metres, a new breakwater and a new liquids jetty.

Oman’s Transport & Communications Ministry received 19 bids for the deal on 27 September 2010 (MEED 7:9:10).

The bidders include:

  • Bam Contractors (Netherlands-based)
  • Afcons Infrastructure (India)
  • Galfar Engineering & Contracting (local)
  • Consolidated Contractors Company (Athens-based)
  • Ballast Nedam (Netherlands-based)
  • Archirodon Construction Company (Geneva-based)
  • Hindustan Construction Company (India)
  • Sambu Construction Company (South Korea)
  • Essar Ports & Terminals (India)
  • Muhibbah Engineering (Malaysia)
  • Strabag (Austria)
  • National United Engineering and Contracting Company (local)
  • Carillion Alawi (local/UK)
  • 115 Construction and Installation (local)
  • Simplex Infrastructures (India)
  • Gammon India (India)
  • China Harbour Engineering Company (China)
  • STX Construction Company (South Korea)
  • GS Engineering & Construction Company (South Korea)

The expansion of the general cargo terminal is part of the $645m expansion of Salalah port that will be carried out over 20 years.