General Cargo Terminal
Successive years of strong growth in general cargo volumes have finally set in motion an ambition plan that will have sustainable economic return for local businesses.
Exports in the limestone business have remained the largest commodity for the terminal followed by bagged commodities (mainly cement), and liquids cargo (mainly fuel and methanol). The outlook for general cargo volumes is positive.
The expansion of the General Cargo Terminal (GCT), with an investment of US$143 million, will have a significant impact on economic development in the Dhofar region. State-of-the-art cargo handling capabilities built around the terminal will facilitate the rapid transfer of commodities to and from the quay. Dedicated liquids handling facilities will lay the ground for the development of a Liquids Hub at the Port of Salalah. The expansion at the GCT has tripled volume capacity to 20 million tonnes per annum.
The expansion creates specialised areas for the handling of various types of cargoes:
An exponential growth in the exports of mineral ores and bulk commodities via Salalah has underscored the need for a number of dedicated berths for the handling of such cargoes. The GCT expansion project envisions a plan for a Grain Terminal complete with silos designed for around 100,000 tonnes of wheat storage, expandable in later phases.
Liquid volumes generated by the adjoining free zone will be handled at dedicated facilities that have the potential to be progressively upgraded to create a Liquids Hub at the Port of Salalah in the future. Investments are also ongoing in new tank storage facilities of a total capacity of six million tonnes, up from the present capacity of a million tonnes.
The Oil berth is capable of accommodating vessels up to 35,000 DWT and Tankers with a 10m maximum arrival draught. A ramp for landing craft with a 1:8 gradient, 45m in length, 20m width at 3.0m depth is available.
A special area has been earmarked at the new GCT for the handling of bagged commodities such as cement, chemicals and mineral-based products.