Terminal operating company QTerminals has received an approval to design, develop and operate Phase II of Hamad Port, the company said in a tweet.
This includes the development of the second container terminal at the port.
Earlier this month, Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Qatari Minister of Transport and Communications, said the second phase is expected to be launched by early 2019. He added that, in terms of equipment, operation and clearance, the current phase has been completed.
In its first phase, the port is capable of handling 2 million TEUs annually, which is scheduled to rise to 7.5 million TEUs upon scheduled completion in 2020.
QTerminals recently reached major milestones by handling 2 million TEU and 5 million tons of general cargo by the end of October 2018, three times more compared to June 2017.
According to the company, the surge in volumes was achieved in record time with operations at the port only starting as of October 2016.
QTerminals is a company set up by Qatar Navigation (Milaha) and Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar) to provide the container, general cargo, RORO, livestock and offshore supply services in Phase I of Hamad Port.