Oman rail tender in December
Muscat, October 6, 2009
Oman plans to invite bids in December for the construction of a 230 km railway, part of a planned Gulf Arab network valued at up to $25 billion, a tender board official said on Monday.
"Many international firms such as a Chinese company have shown interest ... (in bidding) for the first phase, for which we expect to issue the tender in December," a tender board official told Reuters.
Neighbouring United Arab Emirates is planning an $8 billion railway system and the regional network is expected to cost $20-$25 billion.
A tender for a second phase will be issued next year, the official said. "The third phase, which is under study, will involve a railway network construction from the south of Oman to Yemen, expected to be tendered out in 2010," he added.
French railway transport infrastructure services company Systra is consultatant for the railway projects.-Reuters