Six companies were bidding for the dredging and reclamation contract, which includes construction of a 2.5-kilometre breakwater, and seven for the construction of the two new berths, with the race coming down to the CCC/Hani Archirodon group and a team of Belgium’s Jan de Nul and Turkey’s STFA. Current capacity stands at 2.4 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), which will increase to 4 million TEUs on completion of the expansion in 2007 (MEED 15:4:05).

The client on the port expansion is the Transport & Communications Ministry; the consultant is India’s Consulting Engineering Services. The port is managed by Salalah Port Services, a consortium led by Denmark’s AP Moller.