Oman to name consultant for big road project
Muscat, May 22, 2014
Oman has called for tenders to appoint a project management consultant (PMC) for a mega road project, the 65-km-long Daba-Lima-Khasab carriageway, in Musandam governorate of the Sultanate.
The mammot project, which will boast of a large number of tunnels, wadi bridges, interchanges and junctions, is estimated to cost around $1 billion, reported the Oman Daily Observer.
A number of international contracting firms have been prequalified to take part in the next phase of a competitive tender for the implementation of the project, which is being billed as one of the country’s most expensive road undertakings, said the report.
The appointment of a PMC has been imperative in light of the unique and challenging nature of the project, the report added.
A novel feature is the application of the Design, Build and Operate (DBO) procurement template - for the first time in Oman’s road construction sector - in the implementation of this project, said the report.
Thus in addition to building the carriageway, the selected contractor will also be required to operate and maintain all assets linked to the venture for a 20-year period, it added.