The Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (SEZAD) on Wednesday signed an agreement with global dredging and marine infrastructure services provider Boskalis Westminster (Oman) LLC for the construction of the marine infrastructure of a new Bulk Liquid Berth at the Port of Duqm at a cost of RO 199.1 million.
The project will enable Duqm Port to handle the massive volumes of refined petroleum products and petrochemicals that will be generated by projects operating at the adjoining SEZ.
Signing on behalf of SEZAD was Yahya bin Saeed al Jabri, Chairman, while Neil Haworth, General Manager, signed on behalf of Boskalis Westminster (Oman) LLC.
Under the agreement, Boskalis Westminster (Oman) LLC will carry out the detailed engineering design, construction of marine infrastructure, and dredging and reclamation works, while Worley Parsons Engineering will provide engineering and construction supervision services over the 32-months implementation timeframe. A combined team of specialists from SEZAD, Worley Parsons, and Duqm Refinery will also oversee the project.
The agreement calls for the construction of 2.4 km of a 4.6-km-long secondary wave breakwater which will be reclaimed for the development of the liquid quay.
The project also involves the dredging of around 26 million cubic metres of material from the sea floor in order to deepen the basin and approach channel leading to the Bulk Liquid Berth to reach a depth of —18 metres. Around 5 million cubic metres of the dredged material will also be used to reclaim an area that will serve as the terminal.
Additionally, a 1-km-long quay wall will be construction and fitted with buoys and navigational aids.
Upon the completion of the marine infrastructure, Duqm Refinery will proceed with the construction of storage tanks and other facilities for the handling of bulk liquids on the reclaimed land.
These bulk liquids originating from the Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries zone are destined for export.
Examples of refined products to be handled at the liquid berth include naphtha, jet fuel, diesel, High Sulfur Fuel Oil (HSFO), LPG, coke and sulfur.
Duqm Port is currently witnessing the implementation of a number of infrastructure projects, including the establishment of a terminal at the commercial quay.
The construction package includes the construction of roads, commercial gate, customs inspection area, trucks registration building, port single-window building, customs building and other facilities related to the clearing of goods from the commercial terminal.
Also under construction is the commercial terminal for the handling of containers, buildings and workshops for port operations, service roads on the dock, and rails for cranes.
Infrastructure for a dedicated government berth — the first integrated berth of its kind earmarked exclusively for government agencies — is also under development.
Duqm Port has a unique geographical location close to international shipping lines and African and Asian markets.
With a basin draft of -18 metres and entry channel depth of -19 metres, the port can handle some of the largest container vessels in operation today.