Tenders floated for Batinah Expressway packages
Deadlines for stages seven, eight and nine to close from 15 Sept-6 Oct
Oman's Tender Board has floated three new tenders for the construction of sections of the Batinah Expressway.
The tenders for sections seven, eight and nine have all been floated within the past month.
Tenders for package seven are due to be submitted by 15 September, tenders for package eight by 22 September and for package nine by 6 October.
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.
The Batinah Expressway is a 265km-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, the Batinah Expressway will serve as a new all-weather, eight-lane superhighway extending from Muscat to Khatmat Malaha on Oman's border with the United Arab Emirates.
The project, which has an estimated cost of around $2.6bn, will provide faster links between Muscat and the UAE border via the huge Sohar Port and Freezone project.