Oman Rail has shortlisted three consortiums for the multi-billion-dollar Segment One package of the national rail network which covers the 207-km stretch from Sohar Port to Buraimi, said a report.
A contract is likely to be awarded in the fourth quarter of this year paving the way for construction work to begin by the year-end, reported the Oman Observer.
Three of the five consortiums on Oman Rail’s shortlist for the design-and-build contract were asked to extend the validity of their bid bonds to October this year, effectively suggesting that they remain in contention for the keenly contested contract, it added.
These are joint ventures (JVs) led by Germany’s Porr Bau with partners Yuksel Insaat (Turkey), Sarooj Construction Company (Oman) and Daewoo E&C (Korea); Saipem JV comprising Rizzani De Eccher and Dogus Insaat; and Salini Impregilo and its partners.
The other two consortiums on the shortlist – a JV led by India’s Larsen & Toubro comprising FCC Construction and Khalid Bin Ahmed & Sons; and the one led by China State Construction Engineering Corporation with SK E&C as partner – were told to collect their bid bonds, the report added.
Expected to cost several billions of dollars, the design-and-build contract covers the design, supply, installation, construction and completion of works related to Segment One comprising three distinct sections – Sector 1A, 1B and 1C.
Sector 1A covers a distance of 127 km connecting the station of Sohar to the Oman-UAE border at Al Buraimi and Khatmat Milahah, while Sector 1B is a 34-km spur line that departs from Sector 1A and ends at Buraimi station and Sector 1C is a 38-km spur line connecting the Port of Sohar to Sector 1A.
Oman Rail is also planning to develop a number of railway facilities including stations, freight yards, wayside maintenance bases, and maintenance depots. A further 8 km of track will be constructed to connect junctions at Sector 1A to 1B and 1C.