Jul 31 2012
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Bid bonds for rail design tender extended
Tue, 31 July 2012
MUSCAT -- International bidders eyeing the eagerly awaited Design & Supervision package linked to the implementation of a National Rail System in the Sultanate, have been informed of a further delay in the competitive process leading to the award of this prestigious contract.
A high-profile roster of international design engineering heavyweights is competing for the all-important Design & Supervision contract. The line-up is as follows: Partnership of AECOM (US), Cowi & Partners, DBI (Germany); (ii) Consortium Systra (France), Parsons (US) and Atkins (UK); (iii) Group headed by Mott MacDonald (UK), Italferr SpA (Italy) and WorleyParsons (Australia); (iv) Partnership of eight Korean firms led by Korea Rail; and (v) Consortium led by Prointec Group (Spain) and including Spanish-based engineering entities Idom, Eurostudies and ALG.
The successful bidder stands to secure a four-year contract to undertake the detailed engineering design of the proposed 1,000-kilometre-long rail network, extending from Khatmat Malah and Buraimi in the north to Duqm and Salalah in the southeast and south respectively.
Considering the complexity and size of the investment -- which is one of the largest projects currently in hand -- it's not unreasonable to expect the ministry to take a fair amount of time to come up to speed with this project. Right now, the focus of the ministry is to determine the most sensible direction for Oman in terms of capital investment, return on investment, as other key aspects of this vital undertaking," the official commented.
It is understood that a number of key aspects of the rail project are being revisited by the ministry's expert team in light of global developments and the significant economic changes that have occurred across Oman and the wider Gulf region since preliminary studies into the rail project were completed.
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