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Monday, 17 November 2014

Transport infrastructure to drive change at Sohar Port and Freezone

Improved transport infrastructure linking the Oman and Saudi Arabia is expected to boost future traffic to the Sohar Port and Freezone, according to the Edwin Lammers, executive commercial manager at the port.

New road and rail links under development are hoped to shave an estimated 500 Km of journeys and encourage more sea trade to the Sohar Port.

"Given the progress that has been made, we fully expect the Omani side of the road to be open by the end of the year. At this moment in time we have not received any information about the Saudi side of the road," Lammers told Times of Oman.

The new connecting highway is forecast to cost a total of $108 million with around 160km on the Omani side and around 519km on the Saudi side. The current distance between the two countries via the United Arab Emirates is approximately 2,000km.

Rail to drive transformation to multimodal logistics hub

While road traffic is expected to deliver more interest from shipping lines seeking to deliver cargo inland, it is new rail links that are expected to drive the greatest change.

“The big game changer will be rail, which will bring with it unrivalled opportunities for us to increase the efficiency, speed, and reach of inland transportation and transform Sohar into a multimodal logistics hub," said Lammers.

"Of course this is just one part of a multibillion dollar investment in Middle Eastern logistics infrastructure and the hundreds of kilometres of roads and expressways being built in Oman.”


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