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Six in line for Oman Cultural Complex deal

Contract award is likely to be announced in the first half of 2015

NEWS, Projects, Carillion Alawi LLC, Dawood Est Trading & Contracting, Galfar Engineering & Contracting SAOG, Itinera SpA, Oman Cultural Complex, Oman Shapoorji Construction Co LLC, Sinohydro Corporation

Six construction companies are in contention to build the Oman Cultural Complex.

According to a report in the Oman Daily Observer, Carillion Alawi LLC, Sinohydro Corporation, Galfar Engineering & Contracting SAOG, Dawood Est Trading & Contracting, Itinera SpA, and Oman Shapoorji Construction Co LLC are all in the running for the contract.

They were among 25 companies that had collected tender documents signalling their interest in bidding for the contract.

Technical bids were opened recently with the Tender Board listing only the six firms as having submitted firm offers by the deadline. Financial bids are due to be opened upon completion of the evaluation of the technical offers, say officials.

The Oman Cultural Complex has been conceived and designed to serve as a monument to the Sultanate's vibrant cultural heritage.

Envisaged is a cluster of structures that will each house an institution of national cultural significance. These include the National Theatre, The National Documents and Archives Authority, the National Library, the Children's Library, the Literary Forum and the Youth Art Club. A perforated canopy, covering an area of 40,000m2, will be erected over the cluster to give the complex its signature appeal.

A contract award is likely to be announced in the first half of 2015.

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