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Six firms in race for Duqm harbour pact
September 24, 2013 , 8 : 21 pm GST
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A view of Duqm Port located in Al Wusta region. File Photo
Six major firms are in race for a contract to build a mega commercial fishing harbour in Duqm, located in central eastern Al Wusta region.
The proposed fishing harbour, which is coming up within the special economic zone in Duqm, is expected to cost roughly around $150 million and is part of an integrated fisheries hub for supporting a sustainable fisheries sector in the Sultanate. This will be the biggest fisheries hub in the entire Middle East region.
The six companies that have submitted their bids are Consolidated Contractors, Galfar Engineering & Contracting, Oman Shapoorji Construction, Sarooj Construction Company, Al Shanfari Trading and Strabag Oman.
Since the tender for Duqm harbour is for a major work, the Tender Board has opened only the technical bid. Commercial bids will be considered from only those companies that have understood the work very well and comply with the criteria/specifications of the Tender Board.
Sources said that it takes another three months to award the project and another two to two-and-a-half years to complete the project. The contracting company can not work at least for four months during the monsoon season due to rough weather in Arabian Sea.
The fisheries harbour is considered as the biggest fisheries facility taking shape in Oman as the integrated project will include a state-of-the-art fisheries industrial estate.
The integrated fisheries hub will have processing plants, cold storages, training centres, and quality testing laboratories.
Duqm special economic zone has allocated around eight square kilometers of land for the purpose. Sixty processing plants will be accommodated in this hub; government will invest in roads, water, electricity and prepare the land for the investors, who will include foreigners.
Fishing jetties will be designed to accommodate large fishing vessels and the fishing cluster will have a range of facilities for processing the catch.
The government, which has already approved a master plan, is committed to invest in excess of $250 million in the development of the commercial harbour and other supporting facilities, especially infrastructure, coming up within the hub. While for building harbour will need $150 million, the remaining investment is for other facilities and supporting infrastructure.
As soon as the fishing harbour is awarded, the government will start floating the tender for the industrial estate, as the two projects will go hand in hand. The fisheries hub will further help the government's goal of boosting fish production to around one million tonnes within the next ten to 12 years.
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