Oman's state-owned integrated logistics service provider Asyad Group announced on Monday that it has issued a request for expression of interest (REOI) to local and international private firms to develop the infrastructure and operations, and manage the expansion of Suwaiq Port in Al Batinah North, Oman. 

The key components of the project include transforming the port into a 600,000 square metre multipurpose trade hub with an annual capacity of 10 million tonnes - 5 million tonnes of general cargo and 5 million tonnes of bulk cargo -  and construction of multi-purpose 14-metre-deep quays to accommodate large vessels, acccording to a press statement issued by the Group.

“Our group took yet another significant step by opening its doors to all companies to show interest in taking part in this productive partnership,” said Ahmed Mohammed Al Abri, CEO of Asyad Ports. “Following the partner selection process, deep water quays will be designed and constructed to realise target capacity and promote the port’s regional competitiveness. Ultimately, not only will Suwaiq Port bring in new investments and create new jobs, it will also realise logistic twinning plans with Sohar Port and develop advanced capabilities to handle all types of goods.”

The deadline to receive letters of interest has been extended to 6 December 2021, the press statement said.

The statement also noted that Suwaiq Port would support the newly operational Khazaen’s dry port by facilitating all types of import, export and re-export, boosting trade and processing inbound and outbound modular and reefer containers. 

(Writing by SA Kader; Editing by Anoop Menon)

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