Sohar Port to float land reclamation tender

The reclamation project is expected to be complete by November 2018

Sohar Port (pictured above).
Sohar Port (pictured above).

Sohar Port and Freezone will float the tender for a land reclamation project next month as part of its ongoing expansion, its chief executive officer told Construction Week Online on Tuesday.

The reclamation is part of Sohar’s 2040 masterplan, currently under finalisation, as the sultanate aims to increase its diversification efforts.

Mark Geilenkirchen, chief executive officer, Sohar Port and Freezone, said: “We are hoping to float the tender next month and expect to finish the project very quickly.”

He said the project is expected to be complete by November 2018.

The project will allow the port to expand its portfolio of companies and add more business to drive growth within the Omani economy, Geilenkirchen explained.

“Sohar will build on the Port of Rotterdam’s extensive experience with similar  projects to achieve the best results during construction,” he added.

Expected to generate $8bn worth of investment over the next five years, the port currently contributes 12% to Oman’s GDP. Around half a million people in the country currently rely on the port for job opportunities.

Sohar Port and Freezone is managed by Sohar Industrial Port Company (SIPC), a 50:50 joint venture between the Port of Rotterdam and the Sultanate of Oman.

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