Oman’s Transport & Communications Ministry has invited companies to bid by 2 November for a contract to build a new road between Teetam and Qafout.

The prospective bidders include three local companies, Desert Line Projects, Nasr Arabian Company, and Oman Company for Building & Contracting; and the local/Austrian Strabag Oman, asn well as Turkey’s Ozkar Insaat Sanayi ve Ticaret.

The ministry also invited companies to bid by 12 October for a contract to upgrade the road between Birkat al-Mouz and the Sayq plateau, near Nizwa.

Oman has tendered and awarded multiple contracts in 2009 to improve roads in the sultanate.

In September, Turkey’s Makyol won a RO125m ($324m) contract to build the first phase of the Batinah coastal road in northern Oman. In July, Desert Line Projects won a RO23m contract to build a road between Argoutt and Sorfait in the south near the Yemeni border.

In June, a joint venture of Italy’s Federici Stirling and Lebanon’s Batco won a RO23m contract to upgrade a road between Zurub and Buraimi. In March, Oman Company for Building & Contracting won a OR19.5m contract to build the second phase of the Salalah bypass (MEED 17:9:09).