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Nine firms bid for Omani railway

$155m contract has a revised deadline of October 5, Tender Board official says

Oman’s Tender Board has said nine international firms or consortia are set to bid for a contract to design and consult on the construction of the country’s first major railway.

The list of bidders in the race for the contract, which could be worth as much as $155m, include a consortium comprising Denmark’s COWI, DBI and US-based AECOM; SYSTRA of France; US-based Parsons Corp; UK-based Mott MacDonald; a consortium comprising Italy’s Italferr and Worsely Parsons of Australia; a China Railway company; France’s Egis Rail; the Pointec group; and a consortium of Korea Rail and the Hyundai group, a Tender Board official told Reuters.

“The companies have been asked to submit new bids to give the process more time,” the official was quoted as saying.

The new deadline is on October 5, for what we expect will be a contract worth between $117m and $155m,” he added, declining to be named under briefing rules.

The Sultanate plans to build a 1,000km railway, which will run from the northern border town of Buraimi to the southern city of Salalah, at an estimated cost of around $13bn, with completion planned in 2018.

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