Five firms vie for Omani rail consultancy contract
The ‘consultancy services for project management’ contract for Oman’s national railway project has attracted technical offers from five international companies.
US-based consulting firm Parsons Brinckerhoff , leading Spanish engineering firm Tecnicas Reunidas, US-based project manager Hill International, South Korean engineering consultant Dohwa Engineering, and Parsons International have all submitted bids.
The tender was floated on June 16 and received interest from around 29 international firms, but by the last day of submission only five companies had followed this up with a solid bid.
Abdulrahman al Hatmi, director of the railway project, had earlier said that the contract for the selection of a project management consultant is expected to be awarded by the end of the year. He said that the pre-qualification process for the ‘design-and-build’ contract will be kick-started once a project management consultant is appointed.
“We will try to close the process by the end of this year or early next year as we look to award the design-and-build contract next year,” Hatmi told Muscat Daily.
Recently, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) awarded the ‘consultancy services for preliminary design’ contract to Italferr, the Italian State Railways Group engineering firm, which overcame competition from two other firms.
Oman’s national railway project will have several segments, including a 242 kilometre line connecting Sohar port with Al Misafah, 486 kilometres linking Al Misafah with Duqm, 136 kilometres connecting Sohar with Al Ain and 58 kilometres to link Sohar with Khatmat Milaha.
Major passenger stations are planned in Sohar, Barka and Muscat, Izki, Sinaw, Duqm, Buraimi, Sunaynah and Khatmat Milahah, while large freight yards are proposed in Barka, Al Misafah, Sohar, Duqm and Sunaynah.
The railway will have a double line with electric traction power, carrying passenger trains with a top speed of 200 kilometres per hour (kph) and freight trains at 80-120kph.