Hong Kong-based Hutchison Whampoa has won a $130m contract to build and operate a new terminal at Sohar port in Oman.

The new terminal will double the port’s capacity to 1.5 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEU), from its existing 800,000 TEU capacity.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2013. The terminal will be built across 70 hectares of land.

The Sohar port is investing in several infrastructure projects aimed at increasing the port’s industrial capacity. In March 2012, the Brazilian mining company Vale opened its $1.36bn iron ore pelletising plant and distribution centre at the port.

In January this year, the port invited contractors to prequalify for contracts covering the construction of a liquid bulk jetty. Potential bidders have until the end of January to submit their documents.