PORT DEVELOPMENT BEGINS AT DUQM, OMAN
In late August 2017, the Special Economic Zone Authority in Duqm (SEZAD) and Boskalis Westminster (Oman), LLC signed an agreement to construct a liquid bulk berth at Duqm Port. Al Duqm Port & Drydock is a seaport located in Oman on the Arabian Sea that was opened in 2013. The contract, valued at about US$517 million (Omani riyal 199.1 million), will provide Duqm Port with the ability to export liquid refined product.
A team of specialists from SEZAD, Boskalis, WorleyParsons and Duqm Refinery Company will execute the project. Boskalis will be responsible for detailed engineering designs, construction of marine infrastructure, including a double berth jetty island and stone revetment, and dredging and reclamation works. WorleyParsons, a worldwide engineering and construction consultancy, will oversee the engineering and construction works of the project. The project is scheduled to be ready within 32 months from the date of awarding.
In the new construction package, 2.4 kilometers (1.49 miles) of the 4.6-kilometer (2.86-mile) secondary wave breakwater will be developed and reclaimed for the construction of the liquid quay, and the dual berth marina will be constructed with accessories and navigation equipment.
Approximately 26 million cubic meters (34 million cubic yards) of sediment will be excavated to deepen the port’s basin and channel to 18 meters (59 feet). Of the excavated material, some 5 million cubic meters (6.5 million cubic yards) will be used as fill for the land reclamation at the site dedicated to the quay. In addition, the contract includes the construction of a one kilometer quay wall and installation of buoys and navigational devices. The new port development will allow Duqm Port to export liquid refined products, giving added value to the port and enhancing its value in Oman’s economy.