Oman calls for airport contract bids

Transport and Communications Ministry decides not to renew Cowi-Larsen JV deal

Oman has invited bids for its Muscat and Salalah airports.

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Oman’s Tender Board has called on international consultants to bid for a new contract to oversee the implementation of the expansion and modernisation projects at Muscat and Salalah airports, it was announced on Monday.

According to a report by the Oman Daily Observer, the new tender was floated after the transport and communications ministry decided last month not to renew the contract signed with the Cowi-Larsen joint venture.

This was schedule to expire on December 31, 2012, the paper said.

At present, Dar Al Handasah, Hill International, AECOM Middle East and Arcadis have indicated their interest in bidding for the tender.

Oman has been spending heavily to improve its infrastructure and in September of this year, announced a $285m tender for its Duqm port.

It has also announced plans to build its own rail project, which will link up with the planned GCC-wide railway network. It recently announced it would be floating tenders for the multi-billion dollar National Railway Project.

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