Oman Railway Company floats Sohar-Buraimi tender

Bids for the 207km stretch are due in by 21 December, 2014

NEWS, Projects, GCC rail, Oman Railway Company, Port of Sohar, Tender

Oman Railway Company (ORC) has floated the pre-qualification tender for the 207km Sohar-Buraimi stretch of the country’s national railway network.

A total of 18 consortiums and joint ventures prequalified to participate in the design and build package of the multibillion dollar project. Bids are due in by 21 December, 2014.

The Sohar-Buraimi stretch, representing Segment 1 of the Oman National Railway network, connects the Port of Sohar to the GCC rail network at the Sultanate’s border with the United Arab Emirates at Al Buraimi and Khatmat Milahah.

It will be implemented in three sections.

Sector 1A, covering a distance of 127km, connects Sohar station to the Oman-UAE border at Al Buraimi and Khatmat Milahah. It crosses the mountain range between Sohar and Buraimi, following the path of Wadi al Jizzi, where the existing motorway runs.

Sector 1B is a 34km spur line that departs from Sector 1A and ends at Buraimi station. It runs initially through the mountains and ends up in the Buraimi plain. Finally, Sector 1C is a 38km spur line connecting the Sohar Port to Sector 1A.

Also to be constructed along the route are a number of railway facilities, including stations, freight yards, wayside maintenance bases, and maintenance depots. And a further 8km of track will be built to connect junctions at Sector 1A to 1B and 1C.

According to a report in the Oman Daily Observor, the successful bidder will secure a contract from Oman Rail for the design, supply, installation, construction and completion of works related to Segment 1 of the Oman Rail Network. Bidders have to include in their submission scheme a subcontractor already prequalified by Oman Rail to participate in the tender for the railway technology systems package.

Five consortiums and joint venture groups, which include world renowned rail system manufacturers and suppliers, have been prequalified to bid for the Rail Technology Systems package.

A key part of the successful bidder’s remit will be to review the preliminary design of Segment 1 undertaken by the project’s Preliminary Design Consultant, Italferr. Tenderers are required to submit their proposals along with Method

Statements for the Detailed Design Stage encompassing all aspects of Segment 1’s 207-km stretch, including topographic and geotechnical site surveys; earthworks design; hydrology and drainage; major and minor structures such as bridges, tunnels and viaducts; track works; stations; freight facilities and yards; line maintenance facilities; tunneling; source of construction material; and technology systems.

The 2,235km Oman National Railway Project will be implemented in nine separate segments covering the length of the Sultanate. Conceived as a double track network, the diesel-powered freight and passenger line is proposed to link the most populated areas, the ports and the increasing productive activities of the Sultanate. 

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