An Agreement on carrying out the Third Package of Duqm Port signed
H.E. Yahya bin Said bin Abdullah al-Jabri, Board Chairman of the Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (SEZAD), signed, today (Wednesday 6 April 2016), an agreement on carrying out the third package of Duqm port related to Construction of Roads, Infrastructure & Buildings at the Commercial Pre-Gate, Gates and Inspection Zone, Port of Duqm (IP3) at his office in Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM).
This package includes Construction of Roads, Infrastructure & Buildings at the Commercial Pre-Gate, Gates and Inspection Zone, trucks registration building, , and other buildings specialized for the for the commercial Zone. The agreement has been signed by Mr. Khalid Salah Farahat, General Manager of Gulf United Construction Co. WLL, the company that carries out the project.
Gulf United Construction Co. entertains an experience extending for 40 years since its establishment in the state of Kuwait in 1975. The cost of the project is 77.1 million Omani Riyals, and it will be carried out within (36) months of the awarding date.
Commenting on this occasion after signing the agreement, H.E. Yahya bin Said bin Abdullah al-Jabri, Board Chairman of the SEZAD said: "The agreement on carrying out the third package of Duqm port asserts the government's commitment to complete the Duqm port project, and the implementation of many infrastructure projects that have been previously approved in the Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm".
"Duqm port is one of the most important drivers for the SEZAD. It is a multifunctional strategic port that aims to support the economic diversification efforts exerted by the Omani government. The port is distinguished by its strategic geographic location close to the international shipping lines, as well as the African and Asian markets. It can also attract various companies due to the quality infrastructure projects it entertains, and the advantages provided by the SEZAD investors at the zone. These advantages contribute into attracting many international lines to the port, as well as developing many commercial and industrial projects. It also promotes the role played by the Sultanate in the logistics sector." H.E. added.
Al-Jabri hailed the advanced infrastructure entertained by the port. He explained that the total lengths of Duqm Port breakwaters reach about 8.7 km, while the depth of the harbor's basin reaches 18 meters. He pointed out that the length of the access channel to the port is 19 meters, and this enables that the port to receive huge container ships. H.E stated that the port has enough spaces for future expansions, and this enables it to host more than one oil refinery, in addition to many heavy industry and petrochemical projects.
Components of the Project
Al-Jabri: Duqm Port is one of the most important drivers for the SEZAD
The works of Duqm Port's third package include building 8 km road with various cross sections, the building of all internal access roads to the buildings and car parks, paving the car parking places to serve all the activities, designing, supplying and fixing traffic signal, and building two airstrips for helicopters.
The third package of Duqm Port includes also the infrastructure works related to construction of potable water network, firefighting network, wastewater network, rain & surface water draining channels, electrical and communication works, lighting the streets and yards, in addition to the fencing works, and erecting sub-gates.
As for buildings, the third package of Duqm port includes constructing three buildings at the commercial pier area (before the gate, at the gate, and at the inspection and customs area) including exit and access compartments from the gate, the one-stop-shop, pass permits office, and mosque. They will include also buildings specialized for the customs authority, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, electrical services facilities, and firefighting water tanks.
It is worth mentioning that the SEZAD has signed, last February, an agreement for carrying out the fourth package of Duqm port related to the infrastructure of the governmental pier, the first integrated pier to be carried out at the Omani ports for serving the governmental entities.
It is expected that the Authority will award, during the next period, the second package of Duqm port project related to the infrastructure of the commercial pier. This package is the biggest package related to the port due to the diversity of works and its types on the commercial pier. The package includes paving the commercial pier for a length of 2.2 km, and with a width reaching 350 meters. It also includes providing many other facilities that enable the port to handle the container vessels and the works associated with them.