Hewlett Group eyes Oman infrastructure tenders
UK firm ready to win work after office opening in Sultanate
UK-based construction firm Hewlett Group, which set up its first Middle East office in Oman in December, says it plans to start off by bidding for two or three infrastructure projects.
The firm cleared the final hurdles of its registration in February, and managing director Alan Cooper says it is now in a position to bid for contracts either as a main contractor or as part of a joint venture.
“We’re in a position now to chance tender opportunities in the areas of the market that we are focusing on. Those are typically infrastructure. There’s a lot of infrastructure spend in Oman," he said. “Typically we’re focusing around Muscat but also around Salalah.
“The two or three tenders that we’re likely to be bidding for are all infrastructure projects but we’re talking to defence people as well who don’t necessarily have to advertise through the same process: so those schemes may come on the back of a different route. And the oil and gas schemes are not all government – they don’t have to be advertised through the tender boards. So those are more a question of waiting for the client when he’s ready to send the documents out.”
Hewlett Group employs around 350 people in the UK.
Read the full interview with Alan Cooper in next week’s Construction Week magazine.