Oman’s Ministry of Higher Education Research and Innovation is expected to award the design and supervision consultancy contract for five buildings at Seeb Vocational College, Saham Vocational College and Al Khaburah Vocational College for Marine Sciences in the first quarter of 2023, according to a source.

“The financial and technical bid evaluation is underway, and the contract is expected to be awarded by early February 2023,” the source told Zawya Projects.

The tender was issued on 13 October 2022 with bid submission scheduled on 14 December 2022.

The commercial bidders for the design and supervision consultancy work comprised of Adil Al Subhi Engineering Consultancy ($296,000), NAS Engineering Consultancy ($80,520), Modon Engineering Consultancy ($230,471), Hassan Ali Eid Engineering Consultancy ($238,913), Abdulla Mukadam & Partners ($335,072), Razeen Engineering Consultancy ($228,549), Muroog Engineering Consultancy ($319,095), Bonyan Construction & Engineering Consultancy ($227,458), Al Abraj Consulting Engineers and Architects ($332,050), Al Furjar Engineering Consultancy ($412,915), Al Manarah Engineering Consultancy ($271,367), Alamur Engineering Consultant ($584,272), Al Saqf Engineering Consultancy ($289,588), National Engineering Office ($558,553), and International Consult Engineering ($694,373), according to officials from seven companies.

Twenty-two firms had submitted technical bids for the project.

The project’s scope of work involves the construction of five buildings at Vocational Colleges of Al-Seeb, Saham Al Khaburah. The scope also includes the removal of existing Caravans and workers' building, construction of general stores at Seeb, construction of recreation centre and central store at Al Khaburah and construction of laboratory for refrigeration, air conditioning and electronics engineering at Saham.

The scope of the design consultant includes to provide full detailed design and tender documents for the above mentioned and supervision service for the period of construction.

The project is slated for completion by the second quarter of 2026, a second source told Zawya Projects, adding that his estimate of the project cost is $40 million.

(Reporting by Senthil Palanisamy; Editing by Anoop Menon)