Tender to select Oman railway project management consultant floated

Tender to select Oman railway project management consultant floated : The Sultanate’s ambitious national railway project is picking up pace with the Ministry of Transport and Communications floating a tender to select a project management consultant (PMC). This is a major initiative as the pre-qualification process for the crucial design-and-built contract for the 1,061-km railway project, which is the first phase, will kick start once the project management consultant is in place.

Abdulrahman Al Hatmi, Director of the Oman Railway Project, earlier said that the government would award the PMC contract this year itself.
According to the Tender Board website, the tender documents for the project management consultant will be distributed until July 11 and bids from prospective bidders will be opened on July 29, 2013.

Also, a consultant for preliminary design will be selected soon, from twelve major contenders who have submitted their bids. According to the Tender Board website, several multinational players, including Spain’s Sener, Consultrans, ITALFERR, Dohwa Engineering, SNC Lavalin International, Auding Intraesa and Tecnicas Reunidas, are vying for the preliminary design work linked to the prestigious project. It is expected that the competitive process to select one or more contractors for the crucial design and build phase of the project will pick up pace. The scope of work for preliminary design consultant will include review of previous study reports, infrastructure design, systems design, rolling stock performance specifications and preparation of tender documents for design and build contractors for infrastructure and systems.

The 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. Further, Oman’s railway will have double line, prefer electric traction power, with a speed of 200 kilometre per hour (kph) for passenger train and 80-120kph for goods train and there will not be any level crossing.

A symposium on the national railway project will be organised by the Ministry of Transport and Communications in September this year to encourage the private sector and investors to exploit investment opportunities around the railway network.

A design requirement study for the national railway was completed in April 2010, while another Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) feasibility study for a 1,940km-long railway line between Kuwait and Muscat was conducted in March 2009. Yet another Gulf Cooperation Councilfeasibility study for Muscat-Yemen extension was completed in June 2010.

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Source : Zawya

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