The Industrial City of Sohar, (home port of Sindbad the Sailor), is strategically positioned for the GCC market, with established Port facilities, Free Zone & Industrial Area.
Major projects in Sohar are estimated to be in excess of ten billion US dollars 2017-2019 and this does not include any projects in other parts of Oman (for example Duqm)
Sohar port $130 million relocation from Muscat gives a capacity of 1,500,000 tfeu, and this will be expanded to 4,000,000 tfeu by 2017, at a cost of $180 million.
Major Sohar Projects in 2016 and beyond include Liwa plastics project (value $3,6 billion), Antimony refinery (12% world demand), Sugar refinery 1 mtpa, Grain silos, ORPIC refinery expansion, and OMPET PTA/PET plant, (1,1 mtpa PTA). Sohar Free Zone is well established to attract investment. Major companies operating in Sohar include; Vale Iron Ore Terminal; ORPIC refinery and aromatics plant; Sohar Aluminium.