Contracts to be awarded for Oman railway from June

A project manager and consultant will be appointed before a contractor

The rail network will have 21 stations across the Sultanate and a total length of 1,500km.
The rail network will have 21 stations across the Sultanate and a total length of 1,500km.

Contracts are to be awarded for work on Oman’s long-awaited national railway from June this year, according to a senior government official at the Oman Construction Summit.

A consultant who will prepare a detailed route design, and a project manager for building the railway, will both be selected in June, with a contractor chosen some time after the design is finalised.

Eng. Salim bin Mohammed Al Affani, director-general for Physical Planning at the Supreme Committee for Town Planning, was reported by the Times of Oman as saying that consultants and project managers have already pre-qualified by the Oman Tender Board.

“A tender document for pre-qualified firms will be issued soon,” the paper quoted.

In addition, he also confirmed a timeline for when the project would be completed and when the train would start operating. “It will take two years for the consultants to design the railway route and another four years to complete construction work.”

According to the daily, Mr Al Affani added: “Therefore, we expect trains to start operation in Sohar-Muscat route by 2017. The operations beyond Muscat will take more time to complete,” he added.

Connecting different cities via both main lines and sub-lines, the rail network will have as many as 21 stations across the Sultanate and amount a total length of 1,500km on completion.

Initially, officials are projecting around 500 passengers a day from stations across the five main cities. Once operational, the trains will have a speed of 200km/hr, which will eventually increase to 350km/h.

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