Oman to award railway contracts this year
Projects are part of a series of public-private sector partnerships
The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) hopes to award contracts for the first phase construction of the Oman railway network this year, reports Muscat Daily.
At a press conference on Wednesday, H E Dr Futaisi said this year will see a number of projects and initiatives that will contribute to the country's GDP and promote public-private sector partnerships.
“The railway project tops ministry's priorities this year, and we will soon start pre-qualification of contractors on the project and hope to assign the first part of the construction, the Buraimi-Sohar line - by the end of this year,” H E Dr Futaisi said.
The first phase of the state-funded 2,244km countrywide rail network will link Buraimi to six major settlements including Sohar, and eventually with the proposed GCC network.
“There is no doubt that today’s transport system represents the vital nerve of any modern economy and the development and integration of railway system is an important step,” H E Dr Futaisi said.
H E Dr Futaisi said that MoTC, in cooperation with the Supreme Council for Planning, other relevant authorities and the private sector, will chalk out a short- and long-term national strategies till 2020 and 2040 for integral transport and logistic services.
The strategies will take into consideration the capabilities of ports, airports, railways and projects of crucial logistic bodies in the sultanate.
“We will also focus on forming a clear plan to develop Oman's public transport. The year 2014 will witness opening avenues in public-private investment in such as aviation, ports, railways and roads. A specialised consultant will aid the ministry in this aspect,” he said.
Among the major road projects this year is the Batinah Expressway. Remaining packages of the expressway project will be assigned and implemented.
The other projects are the dual-lane Bidbid-Sur road (second phase), the Adam-Thumrait dual road (Parts 1 and 2 of the first phase) Sinaw-Mahout-Duqm (parts 3 and 4), Dibba-Lima-Khasab, Barka-Nakhal, Nizwa-Izki, Nizwa-Bahla, Takah-Mirbat and Ibri-Yanqul (second phase) dual roads projects.
This year will also see commercial operations at Port Sultan Qaboos (PSQ) being shifted to Sohar Port. MoTC has set the last day of receiving commercial vessels at PSQ as August 31.