Oman signs infrastructure contracts worth $473.3m
By: Gary Wright
A contract to build a 46km section of the Al Batinah Southern Expressway in Oman worth $318m (OR: 122.3m) was signed on Tuesday with Simplex Infrastructures and local partner Constructor Engineering.
The third package covers the construction of five interchanges, linking the Khadra al Sa’ad, Khabourah and Hafeet roundabouts on the existing Batinah Highway.
Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Futaisi, Minister of Transport and Communications said the third package of the Southern Al Batinah Expressway, is one of six but is the first to be formally signed.
The Expressway award was one of 16 infrastructure contracts totalling $473.3m (OR182.2m) signed by the Omani minister at yesterday's ceremony in Muscat.
The contractor chhosen for the third package, Simplex Infrastructures, can trace its roots back to 1924 and was ranked seventh among India’s Top 10 infrastructure companies by Construction Week India.
Roads, including the expressway contract, comprised the bulk of the $413.3 (OR159.1m) of contracts signed yesterday, but six aviation-linked deals worth $32.7m (OR12.6m) and four contracts in the port sector worth $27.3 (OR10.5m) were also awarded.
Strabag International Oman signed a contract worth $36.1m (OR13.9m) for the construction of Wadi Al Minqal - Wadi Bani Jabir road in the Governorate of South A'Sharqiyah for 19km.
The road connects Wadi Bani Jabir and Wadi Al Minqal in the Governorate of South A'Sharqiyah. This project includes a bridge, as well as improving four entrances in the Wilayat of Sur.
According to the Oman News Agency, the third agreement worth worth $26.1m (OR10m) was signed with Al Oula International and covers the Al Ashish-Al Ghaidharanah-Al Mukhtalit roads in the Governorate of A'Dakhiliyah for 73km. The project connects Al Ashish village in the Wilayat of Adam with Al Mukhtalit village in the Wilayat of Al Mudhaibi. The project also includes the construction of drainage and protection works, as well as all safety requirements.
The fourth agreement worth $17.3 (OR6.68m) was signed with Marmul Contracting and Trading. It covers repairs for parts of the Al Lahaiban Kahnat road and the implementation of road links for 22km at Wadi Bani Omar in the Wilayat of Saham in the Governorate of North Al Batinah.
The fifth agreement, which was signed with Desert Convoy, in partnership with Khalid Bin Ahmed and Sons and worth $14.6m (OR5.62m) is related to the construction of Ibri - Yanqul dual-carriageway (Phase I) for 6km.
The sixth agreement, which was signed with Durrat Al Mudhaiq Trading and worth $1.1m (OR445,482) related to the design and construction of the Lima-Al Rawdhah road in the Wilayat of Khasab in the Governorate of Musandam for 11km.
The biggest of the aviation-linked deals was a $22.6m deal signed with JBT Aerotech for the supply of Jetway bridges for boarding and disembarking planes to the passenger terminal as Muscat International Airport. In total, some 40 moveable Jetway bridges are being supplied.
The second agreement, which was signed with Helzel and worth $4.75m, was for the supply of five radars for monitoring waves and sea currents.
The third agreement, which was signed with Booz & Co. and worth $1.69m (OR650,000), was for a consultancy study for restructuring of the Public Authority for Civil Aviation (PACA).
The fourth deal was for the supply of $1.27m worth of GPS stations from Al Qurm International for a Multi Hazard Early Warning Centre (MHEWC) used for natural disaster responses. The fifth and sixth deals, worth $1.27m (OR: 488,811) and $1.1m (OR420,187), were related to MHEWC providing risk assessment of coastal areas and an upgrade of seismological monitoring.
Meanwhile, deals in the port sector included a consultancy study for the development of Khasab Port for fishing, tourism and commercial uses. A A $1.85m (OR714,250) was signed with Atkins for the design and supervision for a study on the development of Khasab Port, including the creation of an overall framework for the port.
A $22.2m (OR: 8.55m) deal was signed with Assignia Infrastructure, in partnership with Hassan Juma Baqir to complete the southern breakwater road at Sohar Industrial Port. This includes the construction of internal roads, including one linking to the International Maritime College Oman.
A $2.18m (OR842,389) deal was signed with Parsons International to design for the main security gate at the port, while a $1.12m (OR429,640) contract was agreed with Pakistan National Engineering Services to supervise construction of the northern breakwater road.