May 31 2012
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Salalah port cargo handling capacity all set to get a lift
The Ministry of Transport and Communications last month awarded a RO55 million project to Hani Archirodon Construction to expand the general cargo terminal and liquid jetty at the port, which will take 19 months for completion.
The general cargo terminal will meet the growing demands for increased economic activity in Dhofar region. Main commodities driving the growth of the general cargo business are exports of locally available limestone, gypsum, rock phosphate and cement as well as plastics and other bulk commodities. The liquid cargos are methanol, ammonia, ethylene, EDC and fuels.
The plan is to build 1266 metres (four berths) of concrete block quay at the Leeward side of the existing breakwater with 18 metres of draft. The scope of work also include dredging of harbour basin, reclamation, roads & pavement and buildings.
Port of Salalah 's general cargo terminal and liquid jetty project has been initiated by the Ministry of Transport and Communications at a preliminary meeting held recently with key stakeholders from the ministry, port and winning contractor.
Once completed, Port of Salalah will boast a world-class general cargo terminal to complement its container terminal.
This combination of facilities utilising the strategic spot that Salalah occupies and a well functioning free zone creates the 'Salalah Hub' that is ready to serve the local, regional, and global business interests.
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