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Eight firms bid on Masirah causeway study contract

Sea bridge link enters next phase with opening of technical documents

Masirah Island as viewed from Shanna
Masirah Island as viewed from Shanna

Eight companies are competing for a contract to advise on the feasibility of building a causeway linking Masirah Island in Oman with the mainland at Shanna on the Sultanate’s east coast.

The project envisages a dual-carriage bridge structure spanning the Strait of Masirah, which has a width of between 15-25km. It will be geared towards vehicular traffic and pedestrians although the feasibility of adding a dedicated track for a railway line is also to be explored.

The technical bids opened at the Tender Board are: Dar al Handasah, Renardet, Cowi & Partners, Halcrow Middle East, Al Hatmy Engineering Consultancy, Sering International, Tebodin & Partner, National Engineering Office.

The selected consultant will be required to propose at least three different alignment options for the causeway link to and from the Island and originating from different locations. The consultant will also prepare a study on the masterplan and land use of Masirah Island with a view to development.

The idea for the causeway originates from a royal directive issued in 2010 to explore options for a seabridge in the wake of Cyclone Phet, which necessitated mass evacuations from including Masirah Island and large parts of the east coast. Cost estimates for the project are typically upwards of $500m.

 

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