Extension granted for $15bn Oman Rail tender
Oman Rail has granted further time to bidders to hand in their pricing offers for the $15bn Segment 1 section of the national rail project.
Commercial bids are now due in by 1 March, 2015 under the revised timeline announced by the national rail company. Technical offers, however, must be handed in by 18 January, 2015.
The latest extension — the second in less than a month — follows a request by a large number of bidders seeking more time to price their offers amid the ongoing economic turmoil in world markets as a result of sliding international oil prices.
Segment 1, covering a 207km stretch from Sohar Port to Buraimi, is a priority for execution because it also represents the Oman link in a pan-Gulf network connecting all six members states of the GCC bloc.
In contention for the lucrative design & build package are 18 consortiums and joint ventures that have been prequalified by Oman Rail to compete for this segment.
The contract encompasses virtually all aspects of rail design, engineering, supply, construction, installation and commissioning. It requires the contractor to undertake, among other things, topographic and geotechnical site surveys; earthworks design; hydrology and drainage; design and construction of major and minor structures such as bridges, tunnels and viaducts; track works; stations; freight facilities and yards; and the provision of line maintenance facilities.
The successful bidder will be required to subcontract the procurement, supply, installation of commissioning of the plethora of communications and technology systems associated with the project to any one of the five consortiums prequalified by Oman Rail for the Rail Technology Systems package.