Port of Sohar terminal tenders set 2015 and 2016
Port exec: consultant to be sought followed by construction contract
A consultancy tender for a massive expansion of the Port of Sohar in Oman that will double existing annual container capacity will be floated next year, Construction Week can reveal.
And this will be followed in 2016 with a tender for the main construction works, Madhi Al Lawatia, manager assets development at the Sohar Port/Freezone said on the sidelines of the CW Leaders in Construction Oman conference in Muscat.
The Sohar Industrial Port Company (SIPC) project will see the consultant and contractor develop a new 800,000 TEU terminal alongside the existing facility, containing a 2km quaywall and all supporting infrastructure on a 120-hectare plot behind it.
Al Lawatia said the plan was to have the terminal ready for use by operator Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) in 2017.
"Next year 2015 we are going to float a tender. A ToR (Terms of Reference) will be distributed for consultancy services," he said.
"We should have a contractor onboard by 2016. We will float it as one package – and then 18months construction.
"It should be handed over in mid-2017," he added