Oman Ministry of Transport and Communication floats tender for Al Batinah Expressway

Posted on 6th August 2014

According to the Times of Oman, the national daily, the Ministry of Transport and Communications has floated another package of tenders (package eighth) for constructing the ambitious Al Batinah Expressway project.

Al Batinah Expressway, a 265 kilometer long dual four-lane expressway, will connect the Muscat Expressway in the wilayat of Barka to Khatmat Milahah in the wilayat of Shinas. When completed tentatively by the year 2016, Al Batinah Expressway will serve as a new all-weather, 8-lane superhighway extending from Muscat to Khatmat Malaha on Oman's border with the UAE.

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The project, with an estimated cost of OMR 1 billion (US$2.6 billion), will provide strong new impetus to economic investment along the North and South Al Batinah governorates and the hinterland, as well as drive Oman's ambitions to emerge as a logistics gateway to the Gulf region.

According to the Tender Board website, the tender documents will be distributed until August 28 and the tenders will be opened on September 22. Three contracting firms, including Consolidated Contractors and Larsen & Toubro (Oman), have already bought the documents. The first six main packages have already been floated and are under various stages of planning and construction.

Currently, 12 contractors have expressed an interest in package seven, including Strabag Oman, CCC, Oman Shapoorji Pallonji, Larsen & Toubro Oman and Turkish contractors Sezai Turkes, Yuksel Copnstruction and Ozkar Construction.Eight have requested documents for package eight, with CCC, Larsen & Toubro, Strabag Oman and Ozkar Construction again throwing their hats in to the ring. CCC, Yuksel and Strabag Oman have also expressed an interest in package nine.

The first six main packages were floated previously and all bar package two (which was subsequently cancelled and re-tendered) are under various stages of planning and construction.

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