The largest single project ever undertaken in Oman -- the construction of a 20-million pound sterling deep-water port at Muttrah is now nearing completion.
The largest single project ever undertaken in Oman -- the construction of a 20-million pound sterling deep-water port at Muttrah is now nearing completion. Port Qaboos, in the twin city of Oman's capital, Muscat, is expected to be fully operational early in 1974.
With the beginning of commercial oil production in Oman in 1967, the existing port facilities were found to be inadequate to handle the increase in trade. Loading and unloading of ships was often delayed, and as a result shipping companies imposed a levy on all consignment. This, in turn, led to higher retail prices in Oman.
To meet this problem, a British firm of consulting engineers was appointed in 1968 to design the new harbour facility at Muttrah. It was originally envisioned that the project would take until 1980 for completion. But, in 1971 Oman's ruler, H.M. Sultan Qaboos consolidated the plan into its present from, with the new completion date in 1974.
When completed, the harbour will handle up to one-and-a-half million tons of cargo a year, with deep-water berthing for up to ten ocean-going ships and a full range of modern cargo-handling and storage facilities. The port is already in partial use. handling an estimated three-hundred thousand tons of cargo a year.