Oman Rail selects three consortiums for Segment 1

Three out of five bidding joint venture consortiums have been asked to extend their bid bonds, hinting Oman Rail will pick one of them to work on its National Railway Network project

Segment 1 spans 207km.
Segment 1 spans 207km.

Oman Rail, it appears, has watered down its list of probable consortiums to carry out the Segment 1 package of Oman's National Rail Network, after the rail agency asked three, out of the original five bidding consortiums, to extend the validity of their bid bonds to October 2015. 

The following joint ventures were requested to extend their bid bonds, suggesting one of them is likely to be picked for the project:

  • Porr Bau GmbH (Germany; leader], Yuksel Insaat (Turkey), Sarooj Construction Company LLC (Oman), and Daewoo E&C LLC (Korea);
  • Saipem SpA (leader), Rizzani De Eccher SPA (Italy) and Dogus Insaat (Turkey); and, 
  • Salini Impregilo SPA (Italy).

The other two consortiums on the shortlist – the joint venture of Larsen & Toubro Ltd (leader), FCC Construction SA, and Khalid Bin Ahmed & Sons; and the joint venture of China State Construction Engineering Corporation (leader) and SK E&C – were told to collect their bid bonds.

"It was not immediately clear if Oman Rail had named a preferred bidder from among the three groups figuring on its latest shortlist, of if indeed the three groups were ranked in any order of preference", local daily Oman Daily Observer reported.

Segment 1 spans the 207km stretch from Sohar Port to Buraimi, and is likely to begin before the end of this year.

The contract for construction, it is reported, could be awarded during the fourth quarter of 2015. The design & build contract covers the design, supply, installation, construction and completion of works related to Segment 1 comprising three distinct sections: Sector 1A, covering a distance of 127km, connects the station of Sohar to the Oman-UAE border at Al Buraimi and Khatmat Milahah.

Sector 1B is a 34-km spur line that departs from Sector 1A and ends at Buraimi station. Sector 1C is 38km spur line connecting the Port of Sohar to Sector 1A.

Scope of the contract also comprises the construction of railway facilities, including stations, freight yards, wayside maintenance bases, and maintenance depots.

An additional 8km of track will be constructed to connect junctions at Sector 1A to 1B and 1C.

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