SIPC eyes berth expansion

01 December 2003
Sohar Industrial Port Company (SIPC)is reviewing plans to expand the scope of the new port's berthing facilities. The number of liquid berths planned at the port, which is currently under construction, may be increased to seven in the first phase of development from an original plan to build two. The addition of five berths to the port's facilities is required to handle the expected flows of refined products from the proposed 116,000-barrel-a-day refinery, which is also under construction, behind the port area.

SIPC is a joint venture between the government and Rotterdam Municipal Port Management.

The port, which will be partially dredged in the first phase to a depth of 16 metres, will be one of the largest specialised industrial harbours in the region. It is expected to serve a number of key industrial projects including a proposed aluminium smelter and methanol, fertiliser and polypropylene plants.

In addition, the port will serve container traffic in the northern Gulf of Oman and could provide a base for a dry-dock facility which is being studied by the government (MEED 22:8:03).

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