Oman Rail receives eight bids for O&M contract

Eight firms from around the world have bid for the operations and maintenance contract for Oman Rail's 207km-long first phase

The first phase of Oman Rail spans 207km. [Image: Oman Daily Observer]
The first phase of Oman Rail spans 207km. [Image: Oman Daily Observer]

Oman Rail, which is developing the Sultanate's 2,135km eponymous railway network, received bids from eight groups for its operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts for the network's first phase. 

The bidders include Aurizon Operations; FS Italy, Almavia, Al Madina Logistics, Canarail and Menarail Transport Consultant; Freightliner Group, Oman Investment Corp and Network Rail Consulting; Rites India and Konkan Railway; GB Railfreight, Al Bahja Construction, and Advanced Rail; Swiss Railway Systems, Ubar, Transnet SOC, and Barbican; Assignia Infrastructure Oman, Asesoría Integral Ferroviaria, FGC and Zubair Corp; and, Grindrod Mauritius.

Oman Rail's Phase 1 spans 207km, from Buraimi on the UAE border to the country's Sohar Port. 

The O&M tender, which was released in June 2015, is split into three parts. 

Scope of work accordingly includes pre-operations, start-up operations, and steady-state operations.

According to International Railway Journal, the selected bidder will carry out railway freight operations and maintenance, terminal operations and maintenance, and railway network management and maintenance.

The partner will also be responsible for staff development and support functions to enable the delivery of rail operations. 

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