Oman Rail floats tender for 240km Segment 2 line

Consultancies have been invited to carry out a land study for Segment 2 of Oman Rail, which will operate between Buraimi and a proposed SEZ in Dhahirah

Tenders have been floated for Segment 2 of Oman Rail. [Image: Oman Daily Observer]
Tenders have been floated for Segment 2 of Oman Rail. [Image: Oman Daily Observer]

Oman Rail has invited consultancy firms to bid for an Oman Rail Segment 2 contract. 

Segment 2 of the 2,135km national rail network covers 240km between Buraimi and a proposed special economic zone (SEZ) in Dhahirah. 

The segment will be divided into two sections. 

Section 2A will extend 114km from Hafeet in Dhahirah Governorate to Ibri, and Section 2B will span 116km from Ibri to Dhahirah SEZ. 

A spur line connecting the Ibri Logistics Area to the rail network is also being planned, according to Oman Daily Observer.

Oman Rail also floated a tender last week seeking consultancies to carry out inventory studies of properties and buildings which will have to be exporpriated for Section 2. 

In a statement, Oman Rail said the objective of the study would be to "have a comprehensive database of all components of the properties and lands inventory of real estates in conflict with the new railway alignment including the restricted protected area along the railway line". 

Segment 2 has already been declared a Public Utility Project following Oman's Royal Decree 49/2015 last month, effectively authorising the expropriation of properties in areas earmarked for this segment. 

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