The entire road network leading in and out of Duqm port will be upgraded and modernised to facilitate ease of transport, as well as enable the movement of heavy project cargoes. More importantly, overland connectivity with the hydrocarbon and mineral-rich hinterland will be strengthened, primarily to allow for the easy and convenient movement of oilfield cargo to be shipped from the port directly to site. Road connectivity will be upgraded in two stages. In the first phase, set to commence during 2013, all roads will be widened to two-lane dual carriageways with shoulders. In the second phase, these roads will be further upgraded to four-lane dual carriageways.
Enhanced road connectivity will enable the smooth and speedy carriage of project cargo via Duqm Port to oilfield destinations across central Oman. Technical and logistical challenges have made it increasingly difficult for heavy cargoes to be shipped via Sohar and Salalah ports, as well as hubs in the UAE. Port of Duqm Company has now embarked on a strategy to make it attractive for all such heavy loads to be shipped directly through this new gateway on the Wusta coast. Through the deployment of suitable lifting gear, and aided by its world-leading expertise, Port of Duqm is preparing to enable the handling of project cargoes of up to 15-metre width, 15-metre height, 100-metre length and 36-tonne weight per axle. Already, outsized pieces of heavy equipment have been safely shipped in and out of the port – moves that have been welcomed by the oilfield and construction sectors. A pair of mobile harbour cranes will soon be deployed at the port to facilitate the handling of such cargoes.