Oman’s Transport & Communications Ministry has issued a new tender for the $2.6bn Batinah Expressway project. The 260km expressway is Oman’s biggest road scheme and will create the first dual four-lane road in the sultanate.

The latest tender is for project management consultancy services for the project. The deadline for submitting bids is 18 November.

The scheme is divided into six packages for construction purposes and contracts for most of them have already been awarded. In 2012, the local Galfar Engineering won a $361m deal for package one. The second package, also awarded in 2012, was cancelled four months ago and has now been retendered.

Earlier this year, package three of the Batinah scheme was awarded to India’s Simplex Infrastructures for $318m, while India’s Larsen & Toubro was awarded a $353m contract for package four. In early August, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) won a $322m deal for package six, while a joint venture led by the local Federici Stirling Batco won a $345m deal for package five.