The Transport & Communication Ministry has received bids from five contractors for the RO 50 million ($130 million) contract to widen the Salalah-Thumrait road. The local Shanfari & Partners is low bidder at RO 47.7 million ($124 million) for the project. Its bid was 4 per cent lower than the next bid of RO 49.9 million ($129 million) submitted by Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC).
The project involves the dualisation of 73 kilometres of existing road, extensive blasting and associated road works. The contract award is expected by the end of the year. The project will take three years to complete (MEED 31:3:06).