Oman’s Transport & Communications Ministry has received bids for work on the second infrastructure package on the New Sohar Airport project.

The closing date for submissions was 4 January. The ministry originally invited companies to bid by 28 September 2009, before extending the deadline to 14 December, and then January.

Bidders include two local groups, Galfar Engineering & Contracting and Desert Line Projects, as well as Turkey’s Alarko, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company, South Korea’s Hanjin Heavy Industries, India’s Larsen & Toubro and Austria’s Strabag.

In May 2009, Strabag won a $99m contract for the first phase of construction work, which involves site preparation and infrastructure works.

Egypt’s Hamza Associates is the design consultant for the project. On completion, Sohar airport will have a capacity of 500,000 passengers a year.

Oman’s Transport & Communications Ministry is also planning a number of other airport projects in the country, including ones at Duqm, Salalah and the capital Muscat. The project at Muscat is the largest of all and involves building a new terminal capable of handling 48 million passengers each year.