Atkins faces competition for Omani road project

Eight other companies vie for Diba-Lima-Khasab PMC contract

The Diba-Lima-Khasab road will run for 65km.
The Diba-Lima-Khasab road will run for 65km.

British firm Atkins will compete with eight other companies for a contract to provide project management consultancy (PMC) services on the Diba-Lima-Khasab section 2 road project in Musandam, Oman.

The other firms that have submitted technical offers are Driver Consult Oman, Swiss engineering consulting firm Renardet Ingenieurs Conseils, Consulting Architects and Engineers, National Engineering Office, Watad Engineering Consultants, Malcolm Pirnie, Omani Engineering Consultancy Co and Corduff Oman Architecture.

The tender for pre-qualification was opened in August last year. According to Oman's Tender Board website, 33 construction and engineering companies, mostly international, sought to pre-qualify for the project.

Oman's Ministry of Transport and Communications then floated the tender in May this year when 20 companies expressed interest in the project. The tender was opened at the Tender Board on Monday, the last day for submitting technical offers.

The Diba-Lima-Khasab road project is a carriageway in the Musandam governorate that cuts through extremely rugged terrain. The project comprises a 65km-long coastal road, between Al Khalidiya, in the wilayat of Khasab, and Diba, and passing through the village of Lima. Section 2 is an extension of the first stage, which is 21km long, and will start from the centre of Khasab to Al Khalidiya, where the course has been modified to include a number of tunnels and bridges with the aim of reducing curves and radiuses.

The Diba-Lima-Khasab road project will comprise seven tunnels to avoid high slopes and 18 bridges across valleys with a cross-section consisting of two lanes with asphalt shoulders of 2.5mn width on each side.

The project is considered one of the strategic linking roads that will stimulate trade and facilitate the flow of traffic between wilayats in Musandam and contribute to revitalising tourism in the governorate.



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