Kuwait’s KEO International Consultants has submitted the low bid for the contract to provide consultancy services for a project to develop part of the port town of Duqm in Oman.

The contract entails planning, feasibility study, design services and preparation of tender documents for the development of the Northern and Central Industrial Zone at Duqm.

The following companies submitted bids, which were opened on 8 April:

  • KEO International Consultants – RO1.8m ($4.7m)
  • Consolidated Consultants (Jordan) – RO1.9m
  • Dar al-Handasah (Lebanon) – RO4.4m
  • Parsons International (USA) – RO6.2m
  • Artelia (France)/Salfo (Greece)/ Skidmore Owings & Merrill (USA) – RO9.6m

The client on the project is the Oman’s Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (Sezad).

In March, Sezad extended to 6 April the deadline for bids for a contract to build its headquarters at the economic zone. The authority had originally set a deadline of 3 March for the tender, which entails the construction and maintenance of the planned Sezad headquarters building. The work will include civil, structural, mechanical and external works.

In February, Sezad extended the bid deadline for a tender involving the main building works for the new airport being built in the economic zone. The scope of work on the scheme’s third phase includes the construction of the passenger and cargo terminals, air traffic control complex and related support facility buildings, which will ensure that the airport is fully functional and ready to use.

In November, National Engineering Services Pakistan and Partners (Nespak) won a consultancy contract for phase one of the Duqm project, which entails designing the road network and infrastructure of the town. About 205 kilometres of single and dual carriageways will be designed and built as part of the first phase of development of the town.