Oman Rail project likely to employ 15,000 locals

Construction work of the total rail network is expected to require 40,000 workers, of which 15% could be nationals if Omanisation targets are met, senior Oman Rail executive said

The Oman National Railway project could employ up to 15,000 nationals. [Image Courtesy: Oman Daily Observer]
The Oman National Railway project could employ up to 15,000 nationals. [Image Courtesy: Oman Daily Observer]

Up to 15,000 Omanis are estimated to work on the Oman National Railway Project when the development begins, a senior executive at Oman Rail said. 

John Lesniewski, chief commercial officer at Oman Rail revealed the numbers while speaking of the employment opportunities provided by the rail network. 

Given the size of the total rail project, up to 40,000 workers could be employed at any given time.

"We have five segments (covering the length from Buraimi in the north to Salalah in the south) to construct in parallel.

"At some points, work will overlap, at which point we will have around 40,000 people working in the country."

Lesniewski added, Oman Rail seeks to generate high in-country value (ICV) for Omani nationals through different construction operations related to the rail project. 

Typical measures creating ICV include, but are not limited to, the procurement of Omani products and services from Omani subcontractors, the training and development of Omani workforce or the creation of partnerships with Omani subcontractors, Oman Rail said. 

According to Lesniewski, commitments to ICV are an important pre-requisite for contractors seeking lucrative contracts linked to the implementation of the rail project.

"Up to 20% of the selection process revolves around the ICV plan," he said, as per Oman Daily Observer.

"That means we are generating jobs within the country for various people and various skill levels, and various industries and various companies; so everybody will be able to participate in our project."

Lesniewski said up to 15,000 workers could participate in the project if Omanisation targets are also met. 

"If we put a target of 20% Omanisation, [then] 10,000 to 15,000 Omanis might be working on the project at any one time," he said. 

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