Duqm authority signs OMR55m deal for government berth infrastructure
February 10, 2016 | 6:01 PM
by Times News Service

Muscat: Oman’s Special Economic Zone Authority in Duqm (Sezad) on Wednesday signed an agreement with Combined Group Contracting Company to build infrastructure facilities for government berth at the port.

The total project cost is estimated at OMR55.4 million and implementation will take 30 months from the date of awarding, excluding 30 days of preparations, said a press release.

The government berth is the first integrated berth implemented in Oman ports to serve government agencies with a total length of 980 metres allocated to a number of government entities as well as for fast ferries. It is one of the most important security facilities at Duqm Port. It will provide readiness to manage logistics operations for these entities and the security aspect of the port and the entire special economic zone.

The work for new project includes the construction of buildings, roads, facilities and utilities necessary for the operation of the government berth.

Yahya bin Said bin Abdullah Al Jabri, chairman of Sezad and Abdulrahman Mousa Al Marouf, chairman of Kuwait-based CGCC, have signed the agreement.

The infrastructure works include execution of electrical, potable water, telecommunications and sewer networks, fire-fighting systems, construction of four pumps, drainage of surface water, water tanks, fencing government berth, and construction of security gates.

The length of roads implemented at the government berth will be about two kilometers (dual and single carriageways) with minimum width of seven meters. It includes main and internal roads along with road lighting and providing parking for all kinds of vehicles and construction of three helipads.

The project also includes the construction of the buildings of a number of government agencies, housing for staff, administrative offices and logistics areas. It will also include a building for fast ferry travellers along with the related services and facilities, such as waiting halls, stores and public utilities.

Renaissance City

Yahya bin Said bin Abdullah Al Jabri, chairman of Sezad, have signed two agreements with Renaissance Services Company. The first relates to granting usufruct to the company to expand the Renaissance Village in Duqm at an additional area of 71,805 metres while the second grants the usufruct to the company for the construction of a leisure club on an area of 10,000 square metres.

Stephen R. Thomas, chief executive officer of Renaissance, signed the two agreements on behalf of his company.

Through expanding its Village in Duqm, Renaissance Services Company seeks to keep pace with growth in the number of population in the special economic zone and the increased pace of projects. The project includes the construction of various residential accommodation, restaurants and many other services.

The company's investments in the new projects will be OMR8 million, including OMR5 million for the expansion project, which will take between two and three years and provide 100 new jobs. Renaissance Village in Duqm that are currently being implemented accommodates more than 16,000 beds and is expected to complete during the current year.

As for the leisure club project, the company's investment is estimated at OMR3 million. This project will provide about 40 new jobs. The entertainment club, implemented in the tourist area, will include restaurants, open playgrounds, swimming pools and a number of other services.

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