The Transport & Communications Ministry awarded in mid-November Turkey's STFA the contract to build urea and aluminium export berths at Sohar Industrial Port. STFA was the lowest of four bidders for the work, at RO 9.6 million ($25 million).
Bids ranged up to RO 30.8 million ($79 million). Contractors were asked to quote separate prices for each individual berth and the combined package (MEED 18:01:02).
STFA's contract is based on the combined scope of works, which involves the
construction of a 550-metre-long aluminium berth for the proposed new aluminium smelter and a 250-metre-long urea berth to serve the proposed fertiliser plant.
A South Korean team of Daewoo Corporation and Hyundai Engineering & Construction has completed the dredging, breakwaters and main quay walls package for the port, which will serve Sohar's industrial zone (MEED 5:5:00).
The consultant for the project is the UK's Halcrow Group, with the local Ibn Khaldun Consulting Engineers (Oman, MEED Special Report, 26:4:02, pages 35-36).