SOHAR Port and Freezone is a deep-sea Port and Freezone in the Sultanate of Oman, managed by Sohar Industrial Port Company (SIPC), a 50:50 joint venture between the Port of Rotterdam and the Sultanate of Oman.
Welcome to the Gateway to the Gulf
We benefit from an enviable position outside the Strait of Hormuz, meaning you can access over 3.5 billion consumers through the Gulf by land, sea, or air, without having to enter it. Sitting at the centre of global trade routes between Europe and Asia, we are also a cornerstone in the region's fast developing road-air-rail infrastructure, offering better business connections and unprecedented opportunities for growth.
The Port's three major clusters – logistics, petrochemicals and metals – will soon be joined by Oman's first ever terminal to be dedicated to the handling of agricultural bulk. This new addition will manage the nation's strategic food reserves and joins independent terminals operated by world-class leading companies that include C. Steinweg Oman for general cargo, a joint venture between Oiltanking and Odfjell for liquid cargo, and Hong-Kong based Hutchison Whampoa for containers.
The Freezone is a 4,500 - hectare development that, together with the Port, has attracted global investments of US$25 Billion.
As one of the fastest growing port and freezone developments anywhere in the world, we have an abundance of space that is readily available and filling up fast. The very first phase of the Freezone is almost fully leased out, three years ahead of schedule, and some 26 companies are already reaping the benefits of unrivalled access to land, low-cost energy, and a skilled workforce.
Looking ahead, a US$60 million deal with a UK-led consortium will see SOHAR house the largest rare earth metal plant of its kind outside of China. Plus, agreements with two of Oman’s biggest business houses will see final assembly of 200,000 of the world’s biggest auto brands take place on our newly-expanded yard – including the latest models of Toyota, Daihatsu, Lexus, Kia, Ford, Nissan, BMW, and Hyundai.
We're also pleased to announce that Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries (Orpic) is expanding the capacity of its refinery, from 120,000 to 180,000 barrels per day; five ferrochrome smelters are under construction on the Freezone, and we will soon be responsible for managing Oman’s national food reserve once the country's very first terminal dedicated to handling agricultural commodities is built – a tangible endorsement of the trust that the government has placed in our ability to plan for and safeguard the region's people in times of crisis.