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Oman’s ministry of transport and communications has floated the eighth tender package for the Batinah Expressway project
According to the tender board website, documents will be distributed until 28 August 2014 and the tender will open on 22 September 2014. Three firms, including Consolidated Contractors and Larsen & Toubro Oman, have already purchased the documents. The first six packages have already been floated and are under various stages of planning and construction, stated local reports.
The 265 km-long Batinah Expressway is a dual four-lane road that would connect the Muscat Expressway in the wilayat of Barka to Khatmat Milahah in the wilayat of Shinas.
The US$2bn project is likely to be completed by 2016, stated project officials. Upon completion, the Batinah Expressway will serve as a new eight-lane super-highway extending from Muscat to Khatmat Malaha on Oman’s border with the UAE.
The project is expected to boost economic growth along the North and South Batinah governorates and the hinterland, as well as drive Oman as a key logistics gateway to the GCC.