Oman’s Transport & Communications Ministry has received bids from eight companies for a contract to build a headquarters building for the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Meteorology in Muscat.

The low bidder is Special Technical Services, an Omani contractor, with a price of RO21m ($54m). The other bidders are Al-Shanfri Trading Company, Al-Rawahi International Company, Galfar Engineering & Contracting, National United Engineering Construction Company, and Toweel Construction & Maintenance Company, all local, India’s Larsen & Toubro, and UAE-based Target Engineering Construction Company.

The ministry expects to receive bids on 28 October for a contract to build a passenger terminal at Muscat International airport.

The prospective bidders are Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and Turkey’s TAV; the local Galfar Engineering & Contracting Company and India’s Larsen & Toubro; Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides; a consortium of Bechtel, Bahwan and Enka; SBG; and France’s Vinci Grand Projets.

In May, CCC and Turkey’s TAV won a RO500m contract to build the infrastructure and runways at the airport (MEED 1:10:09).