Oman’s Civil Aviation Authority has received bids for conducting field investigations as a preparatory step for the construction of the proposed Musandam airport.

The investigations include drilling onshore and offshore boreholes, geophysical investigation, testing, geotechnical and geological report and bathymetric survey to ascertain the feasibility of constructing the airport, according to the tender notice.

Arab Centre for Engineering Sciences and Wimpey Laboratories are in the fray for the contract.

The scope of work involves the construction of two runways, a passenger terminal with a capacity of 250,000 passengers per year, aircraft parking bays, service buildings, air traffic control tower, cargo zones, taxiways, and hangar area suitable for the handling of up to Boeing 737 and Airbus 320 size aircraft and parking facilities, according to past reports. Renardet SA & Partners Consulting Engineers is the master plan and design consultant. This will be the country’s sixth airport after Muscat, Salalah, Sohar, Duqm and Khasab.

(Writing by Sowya Sundar; Editing by Anoop Menon)