No reasons given for the cancellation of tender package for terminal building
Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communications has cancelled a tender package for selecting a contractor to construct the terminal building at Ras Al Hadd Airport.
The date for opening the bids was set to be December 9, 2013, but the contracting firms that bought the tender document have been informed that the tender document has been cancelled, a report by The Times of Oman said.
The ministry, which is overseeing the development of three green-field regional airports and the massive expansion of two international airports, did not give any reasons for cancelling the tender – which has been much delayed.
The report added that it was not known whether the ministry was contemplating a redesign of the terminal building, having already delayed the tender previously for the same reason, or if it wished to change the features of the Ras Al Hadd airport, which is intended to be a catalyst for developing tourism in the region.
In addition to the cancellation of the Ras Al Hadd construction tender, the tender opening date for the selection of the terminal building of Sohar Airport has been further extended to January 13, 2014. This is the second time the ministry has extended the tender opening date for the long awaited project.
When operational, the Sohar Airport will also serve as an alternative to Muscat International Airport in the event of any contingency. The facility will support the growth of cargo, courier and passenger traffic across north Oman.