Government of Sultanate of Oman Supreme Council for Planning SOUTH Al-BATINAH LOGISTIC HUB Redefining logistics movement in Oman Ahmed Al Azkawi SUPREME COUNCIL FOR PLANNING SULTANATE OF OMAN Supreme Council for Planning March 2014 BACKGROUND South Al-Batinah Logistics Hub is a Government initiative to: Support relocation of commercial cargo from PSQ to Sohar and ease traffic congestion in the Muscat region. Position Oman as a gateway to the region. Transform the logistics sector into an economically vibrant sector. An area of 9000 hectares is reserved for a multifunctional development. Of which, 2500 hectares are planned for an inland port and warehousing facilities. Initial construction and commercial discussions to commence in 2014. Full development to be completed by 2030. SBLH LOCATION South Batinah Logistic Hub Figure No: 05 SUPREME COUNCIL FOR PLANNING SULTANATE OF OMAN LOCATION ADVANTAGES Located on the Interface between Muscat Governorate and Al Batinah Region These Regions comprises 56% of the Oman Population High connectivity between other regions High Access Zone due to Batinah Highway, National Rail Network, Rail Yard, Batinah Expressway, Muscat Expressway etc. Proximity to Muscat International Airport , Sultan Qaboos Port and Sohar Port . Strategic location connecting to GCC and other parts of Region Figure No: 09 SUPREME COUNCIL FOR PLANNING SULTANATE OF OMAN SBLH FUNCTIONS Inland Container Depot (ICD) Transportation and Handling RESIDENTIAL/HOTELS COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL ICD warehouses • • • • • • • • • • Light industries Packaging • Repackaging/ Palletization • Labeling • Regionalization/ Manuals Warehousing Commercial developments SUPREME COUNCIL FOR PLANNING SULTANATE OF OMAN Multimodal Connectivity Rail Sliding and Stacking Truck Terminal Parking and Depot Container Handling and Maintenance Shippers / Transporters Customs Banking / Finance Logistics Service providers: Freight Forwarders/ Custom House Agents/ Courier Residential: • • • Housing Hotel and convention center Entertainment. FLOW NETWORK OF IMPORT /EXPORT CARGO SUPREME COUNCIL FOR PLANNING SULTANATE OF OMAN PROJECT PHASES Phase 0 Ph Log Com. Res. Ind. Flex 0 150 0 0 0 0 Wadi line 8 Phase 1 Ph Log Com. Res. Ind. Flex 0 150 0 0 0 0 1 556 220 0 176 0 9 Phase 2 Ph Log Com. Res. Ind. Flex 0 150 0 0 0 0 1 556 220 0 176 0 2 571 481 642 297 452 Unit = hectare 10 Phase 3 600 730 210 Unit = hectare Ph Log Com. Res. Ind. Flex 0 150 0 0 0 0 1 556 220 0 176 0 2 571 481 642 297 452 3 870 - 800 380 11 1028 KEY DRIVERS Promote Oman as a Gateway to the region. Port Sultan Qaboos Build a state-of-the-art facility, which offers onestop-shop services to logistics providers and customers Support planned shifting of container and general cargo activities from PSQ to Port of Sohar. Relocating of some of industrial and logistics/warehousing facilities from Ghala/Wadi Ghala Industrial Area Al-Kabir in Muscat. Facilitate growth of private sector logistics and industrial activities. Reduce commercial truck related traffic congestion in Muscat Governorate. SOCIO –ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS Socio- Economic: Creation of direct and indirect jobs. Business revenues. Opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SME). Increase logistics contribution to the GDP. Environmental benefits: It can help in shifting the goods movement by road to rail and reduce pollution levels. Reduce empty containers traffic on the road. CONCLUSIONS WAYFORWARD The South Al-Batinah Logistics Hub is key in realising the government’s vision to grow logistics into an important sector of its economy and promote Oman as a regional hub. The project is moving forward steadily with the initial phases planned for construction in 2014. The remaining phases are part of a comprehensive study which is underway.