Oman rail contract to be awarded in 2014

train  amandabhslaterThe first segment of the 1,061km network for priority implementation would be the Al Ain-Sohar Port section. (Image source: amandabhslater/Flickr)A contract for the design and construction of the first segment of the Oman National Railway Project will be awarded before the end of 2014

According to a report in Oman Daily Observer, director of the Oman Railway Project, Abdulrahman al Hatmi, said that the timeline envisaged by the government for the execution of the project would also see the key Preliminary Design Consultancy (PDC) and Project Management Consultancy (PMC) contracts being handed out before the end of 2013.

Al Hatmi revealed, “We have segmented our contracts into the Preliminary Design Consultancy, Project Management Consultancy, and Design and Build packages. We are targeting the award of the Preliminary Design Consultancy contract in June, which will be followed by the Project Management Consultancy contract.

“Before the end of this year, we will have the PDC and PMC consultants up and running. We will also start the prequalification process for the design phase, and hopefully award at least one of the contracts before the end of next year.”

The project director explained that the first segment of the 1,061km network for priority implementation would be the Al Ain-Sohar Port section.

“We will discuss the possibility of having parallel executions between Al Ain and Sohar, and Al Ain and Salalah via Muscat,” he added.

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