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Sezad: Duqm fishing harbour's depth to be increased by 10m

500 workers are engaged at the site of the project that Galfar is building and will complete in 'end-2020 or early-2021'

Oman's Sezad is building the fishing harbour in Duqm.
ONA
Oman's Sezad is building the fishing harbour in Duqm.

The depth of the fishing harbour at Port of Duqm will be increased by 10m instead of the originally planned 6m to attract large fishing vessels and increase the economic value of the port, which will be Oman’s first to reach that depth, according to the chairman of Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm (Sezad), Yahya bin Said al-Jabri.

Al-Jabri said that the depth increment was in line with the requirements of the commercial fishing sector, where basins deeper than 6m are typically required.

Duqm’s port basin will therefore measure 18m to serve commercial operations that require larger berths.

The fishing harbour in Duqm is being built by Muscat-listed Galfar Engineering and Contracting Co under a $157m (OMR60.6m) contract it was awarded in August 2016.

According to a report by Oman’s state news agency, ONA, 500 workers are busy at the site of Duqm’s fishing harbour, which is expected to complete by end-2020 or early-2021.

Al-Jabri said the project was already attracting strong investor interest into Duqm, adding that of the four fishery factories built within the free zone, three had commenced production, with the last one to start operations in 2019.

He added that four other factories were being built in the facility, with 12 companies signing usufruct agreements with Sezad to establish factories for sardine, feed, fish oil, and fish packaging.

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