Oman awards $35.3m rail design tender

Meanwhile, tender for the project management of the rail still open.


Oman's Tender Board has awarded a tender for the initial design of the country's proposed railway system.

According to the Oman News Agency, the board has awarded a contract to a consultancy firm worth $35.3m (OR: 13.6m).

Details of which firm won the tender have not yet been revealed, but the three firms which were shortlisted were DB International - an offshoot of German rail network operator Deutsche Bahn - National Engineering Office and Italian railways specialist Italferr. The latter had submitted the lowest bid of just over $32m, compared with a $42.9m bid from DB International.

The award was one of 14 made by the tender board during the meeting, which had a combined value of $75m. Six new tenders were floated - four were design and build road projects, one was for the construction of a new 132kV plant at Ibra and one was the launch of an architectural competition for a new building for the country's Civil Service Employees' Pension Fund.

Oman's Ministry of Transport and Communications floated a tender for the project management of the rail network last month.

The website also shows that to date some 28 organisations have requested bid documents, including DB International, Swiss Railway Engineering, Hill International, Parsons, Aecom, Parsons Brinckerhoff and the Korea Rail Network Authority.

The deadline for bid submissions is July 29.


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