Oman invites bids for road scheme

12 September 2012

Work involves upgrading the Bidbid to Sur road

Oman’s Transport and Communications Ministry has invited contractors to submit bids for the second phase construction contract on the project to upgrade the Bidbid to Sur road.

Contractors have until the 5 November to submit bids for the contract to upgrade part of the Bidbid to Sur road into dual carriageway.

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 the phase 1a of the dual carriageway between Bidbid and Sur.

In August, Turkey’s Sezai Turkes-Feyzi Akkaya (STFA) 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.

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