A total of 29 companies have assimilated tender documents as a response to the consultancy package
Five groups have submitted firm offers for an eagerly awaited contract to provide Project Management Consultancy (PMC) services, linked to the implementation of the Oman National Railway Network (Oman Rail).
According to the Oman Daily Observer, the bidders include various corporates; Spanish based international general contractor Técnicas Reunidas along with Dar al Handasah and Spanish transport and engineering consultancy firm INECO bid for the contract.
New Jersey based global construction consultancy firm Hill International has joined hands with German railway consultancy DB, EHAF (a Middle East based a full-service architecture, engineering, construction management and programme management firm) and The Louis Berger Group (LBG), an internationally recognised consulting firm that provides various construction, environment and economic development services.
Other major conglomerates include Parsons International, one of the world’s largest engineering and construction organisations that has partnered with French rail consultancy Systra and AECOM, a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation.
Parsons Brinkerhoff, a leader in developing and operating infrastructure worldwide, has forged an alliance with a number of well-established firms. Rounding off the line-up of bidders is a consortium headed by Dohwa Engineering, a South Korean multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm, and includes National Engineering Office (NEO) of the Sultanate of Oman, Korea Rail Network Authority, First China Railway, and Balaji Railroad Systems (India).
A total of 29 companies had assimilated tender documents as a response to the prestigious consultancy package, and officials confirmed the receipt from five consortiums contending for the Omani rail package, a prestigious role in the execution of the project that requires them to collaborate with the Omani government well past the launch of the network.
The selected firm will also review the contract process, extend contract management & construction supervision, and provide project management services. The PMC will also supervise the acquiring of rolling stock and the services of a rail transport operator alongside the government. They will also be responsible for testing and commissioning of the railway system of every element planned for the National Railway Project.
The 2244 km-long network will extend from Buraimi in the north to Salalah in the south, and connect Khatmat Malaha, Sohar Port, Muscat City, Duqm Port and Salalah Port.