Sohar Industrial Port Company (SIPC) has shortlisted three companies for the main contract on a new liquid bulk jetty it is planning to construct at the northern Omani port, according to a source close to the bidding process.

SIPC received engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) bids from several companies and has shortlisted Dutch group Bam, Oman’s Galfar E&C and Belgium-based Six Construct.

The estimated $100m contract, which was tendered in June, is expected to be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2013.

The jetty is planned to handle vessels with a capacity of up to 120,000 deadweight tonnes.

The scope covers the construction of mooring and breasting dolphins, an isolated marine platform connected by a steel trestle, about 370-metres long to the existing terminal, abutment, and all necessary fixtures and fittings. It does not include the installation of pipelines.

SIPC planned the project to meet growing demand for bulk storage capacity at the central tank terminal operated by German-Dutch joint venture Oiltanking Odfjell Terminals & Co.

The consultancy phase of the project was carried out by Dutch company Royal Haskoning and completed in the first quarter of 2013.

SIPC is a partnership between the Port of Rotterdam and the government of Oman.