Firm is handling masterplanning, design and supervision duties for the first integrated economic city located close to Muscat
Atkins says it is bring the full range of consultancy services after it was awarded the masterplanning, design and supervision contract for Khazaen Economic City, the first integrated economic city located close to Muscat.
Khazaen is a 51.5 million sqm integrated economic city development within 60 km of Oman’s capital, and the second integrated economic city in the Sultanate of Oman after the Special Economic Zone in Duqm. According to KEC, it is planned to “offer attractive investment opportunities to develop and set up warehousing, logistics, light and medium industries, large showrooms and markets, hotel, residential and commercial projects, and will give a significant boost to economic development and job creation in Oman.”
Atkins said in a statement that it will deliver full consultancy services for the integrated urban planning of the city covering 51.5 million square meters, detailed master plan, environmental assessment, sustainability assessment, engineering designs for infrastructures and utilities, preparation and evaluation of construction tenders for various infrastructure work of the city. The contract value is 2.6 million Omani Rials The scope of work also includes supervising the implementation of the first phase of the infrastructure of Khazaen.
“We are delighted to appoint Atkins as the lead consultant for Khazaen. This is a demonstration of our approach of entering partnerships with global firms with a proven track record in delivering truly outstanding projects,” said Eng. Kalat G. Al Bulooshi, chairman, KEC.
Marco Malpiedi, Atkins’ managing director for Oman, added: “This is an exciting time to be part of such an important project in Oman’s economic expansion, and we are looking forward to bringing our projects expertise to this development.”
Recently acquired by SNC-Lavalin. Atkins has delivered master plans and site designs for a range of major city based and industrial/logistics facilities across the region, including recently the detailed masterplan for Duqm City for Special Economic Zone Authority for Duqm (SEZAD) in the Sultanate of Oman. Atkins has also been appointed to the Government of Oman as lead Consultant for the Oman National Spatial Strategy (ONSS), where key projects such as KEC and Duqm City are entrusted to have the strongest integrated approach to masterplan of the Sultanate.
In March 2018, Oman Investment Corporation (OIC) and the Saudi-based Mohammed Ali Al Swailem Group (MASCO) signed the shareholders’ agreement to set up KEC as a joint venture for the master development of Khazaen. OIC owns the majority stake in the Omani-Saudi JV developing the new economic city in northern South al-Batinah governorate.