Oman prequalifies 23 consortiums for rail project

Eighteen consortiums set to compete for design-and-build civil deal.
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by Cathal McElroy

The Oman Railway Company (ORC) has prequalified a total of 23 consortiums for the 2,244km-long Oman national railway project bidding process, Times of Oman reports.

Eighteen consortiums have been pre-qualified for civil work, while another five consortiums for work on the project’s technology systems.

A senior official declined to name any of the pre-qualified companies.

ORC received 34 quotations from 95 local and international companies for prequalification for the project’s design-and-build civil infrastructure and railway track contract. Nine pre-qualification quotations were submitted by 14 local and international firms for the technology systems contract.

The construction work for the railway project is expected to start by the first quarter of 2015, after a design-and-build contractor for the first segment is selected. The railway project is expected to be operational by 2018, the report added.

Italy-based engineering firm Italferr is providing consultancy services for preliminary route design, while another consultant for managing the project will be selected soon from TecnicasReunidas, Dohwa Engineering and Parsons International.

The 170km-long Sohar-Buraimi route is the first segment to be completed, according to the report. The project, which is 700km long and 120km wide, is divided into nine segments.

The whole railway network will feature 30 small stations, 10 interim stations, six large stations and eight marshalling yards, the report said.

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