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Lowest bid on Oman Cultural Complex is worth $214m

Dawood Contracting's is the lowest bid on the 4ha project in Muscat, followed by Oman Shapoorji Company's bid worth $228.5m

Carillion Alawi's is the highest bid on the Oman Cultural Complex.
Carillion Alawi's is the highest bid on the Oman Cultural Complex.

Four companies have reportedly emerged as likely winners for the contract of Oman Cultural Complex, sponsored by the Sultanate's Ministry of Heritage and Culture. 

Muscat Daily reported that out of the total 25 firms which had collected the project's tenders, "only Carillion Alawi, Sinohydro Corporation, Galfar Engineering & Contracting, Dawood Contracting Company, Itinera SpA, and Oman Shapoorji Construction Co submitted technical bids". 

"Of the six firms, four are in the fray now after submitting financial bids, with Dawood Contracting Company emerging as the lowest bidder with $214.6m (OMR82.67m), while Carillion Alawi at the highest with $251.7 (OMR96.92m)", the report continued. 

Galfar Engineering's bid is worth $238.1m, and Oman Shapoorji Company's bid is worth $228.5m (OMR88m), as per the report, which cites the country's Tender Board on these figures. 

The contract will be awarded in the last quarter after the ministry evaluates all bids.

UK's Mace was appointed project manager in 2014 on the project. 

The project spans 4ha in Muscat, Oman, and the complex will comprise three buildings of national interest, including the National Library with a capacity to house 5 million books, and the National Archives which will act as a four-storey exhibition-cum-public event area and a research and administration wing. 

Architecture-Studio is the main architect, Gulf Engineering Consultancy is the co-architect, while Setec Batiment is the engineering consultant, the report added. 

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