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Oman extends bid deadline for fishing harbour construction

Oman extends bid deadline for fishing harbour construction Photo Credit:Reuters/Herbert Fernandes
Construction, management and investment at Barka and Taqah harbours
19 March 2017

Oman’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has extended the bid deadline for the construction, management and operation of investment projects at Barka and Taqah fishery harbours.

The deadline has been extended from 15 March 2017 to 14 July 2017, said a public notice without giving any reason for the extension.

The project is part of Oman’s fisheries sector development plan which envisages the development of 30 fishing harbours by 2020 to double the fish catch to 500,000 tonnes per annum and provide employment to 15,000 people.

A 6 December 2016 report in local daily Oman Observer quoted Dr Khalid Mansoor Sabil al Zadjali, Director- General of Fishery Harbours, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, as saying that the government expects to develop service facilities such as ice plants, canning factory, fish processing, boat repair and maintenance and leisure facilities like restaurants, cafes, marinas and hotels around the planned new harbors.

He said concession agreements with private investors would be for a period of 25 years with a grace period of three years from the signing date.

The ministry was working on 13 new harbours with detailed design for four new harbours at Mahout, Al Shuwaimiyah, Sadah and Rakhyout expected to be completed by December 2016 while nine more harbours at Kumzar, Lima, Dabba, al Khabourah, Quriyat, Al-Ashkarah, Masirah, Mirbat and Dhalkut were in the pipeline.

(Reporting by Sowmya Sundar)

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