PSC and Salalah Port Services bid to operate dry port
Port Services Corporation (PSC), which operates and manages Muscat's Port Sultan Qaboos and Salalah Port Services Company, have teamed up with two other strategic partners to submit a bid to operate Oman’s first ever ‘dry port.
The keenly contested contract to operate the dry port in South Al Batinah Governorate is an important part of an ambitious strategy by the Omani government to establish a world-scale logistics destination at Barka in South Al Batinah Governorate.
PSC and Salalah Port Services are joined by Borusan Logistics International Oman LLC, the local subsidiary of Turkish integrated logistics services provider Borusan Lojistik, and Shumookh Investment & Services LLC, the investment arm of the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE).
All four companies have reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) affirming their joint intent to participate in a competitive tender for the Dry Port Operation & Management (O&M) contract.
According to Mohammed Jawad bin Hassan bin Suleiman, Chairman of PSC 's Board of Directors, all four companies have signed a The partnership has since submitted an Expression of Interest (EoI) in bidding for the prestigious contract.
The South Al Batinah Logistics Area (SABLA) is the cornerstone of a long-term strategy by the Omani government to position the country as a logistics gateway to the Middle East, using transhipment hubs such as Sohar and Salalah.
The Logistics Area of the planned dry port will include a customs bonded dry port, an intermodal rail terminal, warehouse and distribution facilities, open area storage yards, truck parking, and service centres for shipping clients.
The site will be 8,100 hectares and will be developed at the intersection of the Barka-Nakhl Road and the Muscat-Al Batinah Expressway route. The planned rail line between Sohar and Muscat will be built with a connection to the dry port.