Oman’s Transport and Communications Ministry has given contractors two more weeks to prepare bids for the contract to upgrade the Bidbid to Sur road. The closing date is now 14 January.
The previous closing date was 31 December. The original closing date was 5 November when tenders were first issued to contractors in September.
The road between Bidbid and Sur is a major transport link in the sultanate, connecting the capital city of Muscat to the Sharqiyah region in the north-eastern part of Oman.
This is the third construction package to be tendered on the road scheme.
In February 2011, the Transport and Communications Ministry awarded a joint venture of Italy’s Astaldi and Turkey’s Ozkar Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret a OR125.2m ($325m) contract to build phase 1a of the dual carriageway between Bidbid and Sur.
In August 2011, a joint venture of Turkey’s Sezai Turkes-Feyzi Akkaya (STFA) and the UAE/Australian Habtoor Leighton Group was awarded the OR117m contract for phase 1b of the road scheme.
The phase 1b contract involves upgrading a 75-kilometre stretch of road that will be expanded from the existing two-lane carriageway into a four-lane carriageway. The scope also involves building 50km of service road and nine interchanges.