Telestack, based in Omagh, Northern Ireland, has secured a £5 million contract to supply shiploading equipment to the Port of Salalah as part of an ongoing $15 billion infrastructure investment to cater for the export requirements of its local mining, quarrying and cement industries.
Telestack is currently fulfilling its largest ever single order with a 4-unit shiploading system ordered by the Port of Salalah in Oman. The port (in which APM Terminals holds a minority stake) is currently undergoing an expansion which will double the quay length, and increase dry bulk capacity to 20mt (million tonnes) annually. A ‘2030’ initiative includes plans for $15 billion in infrastructure investment in the Salalah Free Trade Zone by 2028 to create a larger regional shipping and commerce
centre for the region. In December 2015, the Port of Salalah opened a new deep- water General Cargo and Liquid Bulk Terminal, adding 20mt of dry cargo and 6mt of liquid bulk cargo annual handling capacity.
As part of this expansion, Port of Salalah has appointed Telestack in a £5 million deal to provide a unique shiploading system. The system, which weighs approximately 560 tonnes in total, is designed to handle the added capacity generated by the infrastructure investment to cater for the region’s export requirements. Telestack began discussions in 2013 with the Port of Salalah technical and operational teams to design a unique shiploading system with a view to achieving optimum flexibility, simplicity of use, increased production rates and a lower cost per tonne.
Comprising of two shiploading systems, each suite comprises of a TB60 all wheel travel shiploader fed by a Titan dual-feed all wheel travel 800-6 bulk reception feeder. The equipment is designed to load limestone, gypsum and cement clinker at average rates up to 1,200tph (tonnes per hour) to Handymax, Panamax/Post Panamax vessels. These Telestack mobile shiploading systems will be operational in the Port of Salalah by Q3 2018.
In addition to the Port of Salalah contract, the local manufacturer has recently secured over £10 million of additional business for its shiploading systems, supplying customers in the Middle East, Russia, USA, South America, Africa and Europe.