Port of Salalah expansion to be ready by June 2014
The Port of Salalah expects to complete the expansion of its general cargo terminal (GCT) during the first half of 2014, the company said in its third quarter report.
Archirodon Construction (Overseas) is building the GCT along with a liquid jetty at the port as part of the expansion programme and is currently on course to hand over in the next eight months.
However, power supply and service corridor work, which is also part of the expansion, will not be delivered until a later date.
Port of Salalah’s third quarter report also revealed that its cargo terminal handled 2.556m twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUS) as of the end of the third quarter, a 7% decline from the same period in 2012, when throughput reached 2.758m TEUs.
Officials note that the cause of the decline in container throughput was due to one key customer diverting trans-shipment traffic.
The GCT has handled 6.16m tonnes of general cargo during the period ending September 2013, of which 5.32m tonnes were exports and 0.84m tonnes were imports.
This is a volume increase of 17% over the same period in 2012, which is mainly attributed to the continued growth in limestone and gypsum exports. Major commodities of trade at the GCT include limestone, methanol and cement.