Oman's 272km Al Batinah Expressway 65% complete

The 17km section between Al Hazm in South Al Batinah and A'Suwaiq in North Al Batinah is the latest part of the road to have been unveiled

A 17km section of the Al Batinah Expressway project in Oman has been opened [image: ONA].
A 17km section of the Al Batinah Expressway project in Oman has been opened [image: ONA].

Oman's 272km Al Batinah Expressway has been partially opened, government officials revealed.

The project, being implemented by Oman's Ministry of Transport and Communications, is 65% complete. 

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Spanning 17km, the section between Al Hazm in South Al Batinah and the wilayat of A'Suwaiq in North Al Batinah is the latest part of the road to have been unveiled. 

The opening of the Al Hazm-A'Suwaiq section also marks an extension to the previously opened part of the road, Halban-Al Hazm. 

These developments mean that the opened parts of Al Batinah Expressway now span 178.7km. 

Eng Salim bin Mohammed al-Nu'aimi, undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, was present during the opening of the Al Hazm-A'Suwaiq section, ONA reported.

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Galfar Engineering and Contracting Company was awarded a contract worth $68m (OMR26.24m) for roadworks at Al Batinah Expressway project this July. 

The contract was awarded by the Ministry of Transport and Communications for works related to a traffic opening at the Expressway, as part of package three of the project. 

In documents uploaded to the Muscat bourse this August, Galfar revealed that its parent company "roughly maintained" its order book at $1.5bn (OMR576.4m) in Q2 2017, "down slightly from our previous quarter", worth $1.52bn (OMR585.6m).

The statement added: "The value of new contracts, extensions and variations included for the first six months was $179.5m (OMR69.1m), comprising a new award on the Batinah Expressway for the Ministry of Transport and Communications, grid stations at Birkat Al Mouz and Sumail for Oman Electricity Transmission Company, and additional packages under our Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) contract."

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