When Sohar Port and Freezone held its annual business reception at The Chedi Muscat on Tuesday, March 3rd, its executives took the opportunity to look back over the Omani port’s achievements in the past year, while also shedding light on future plans for the rest of 2020. The event was attended by a large number of partners and representatives of companies working within the port and Freezone areas in Sohar.
Over the course of 2019 Sohar witnessed considerable growth, seeing an average throughput of over 1 million tonnes of cargo per week. The port handled more than 36 million tonnes of dry bulk cargo, over 15 million tonnes of liquid bulk goods and in excess of 1 million tonnes of breakbulk general cargo.
Last year Sohar completed work on Phase 1 of the Port South expansion, adding 50 hectares of land added to the port’s operational facilities. Work is currently underway on Phase 2, which will see the addition of another 200 hectares. Mark Geilenkirchen, CEO of Sohar Port, revealed that, “The land area has already been earmarked for global giants, such as Trescorp and Total, the latter of which aims to establish an LNG bunkering supply station for vessels at the port.”
In the Freezone, 2019 saw the start of developments for RFX Parks, Shell and Sanvira, alongside further expansion of existing facilities operated by Al Tamman Indsil, Matrix Prime and SV Pittie. New partnerships were also forged in the Freezone with Gulf Alloys and Metals and Madhav Surfaces.