Diba-Lima-Khasab road and tunnel consultancy tender floated

24 June 2014

The Ministry of Transport and Communications on 23 June floated a tender to select a consultant for preparing tender documents for Diba-Lima-Khasab road and tunnel, which is on a design, build, operate and maintain basis.

The road is considered to be one of the strategic linking roads in Oman that will enhance trade and facilitate the flow of traffic between the wilayats (administrative divisions) of Musandam governorate and contribute to revitalise tourism in the governorate.

The consultancy tender will be opened by 15 July, while the documents will be distributed up to 8 July.

Estimated to cost in the range of USD 1bn, the project is among the most complex roads to be undertaken in the Sultanate of Oman. A tender for selecting a project management consultant (PMC) was floated by the government recently.

A study for the 65km-long road, which will be developed on a twenty-year concession with a private operator, has already been completed and a tender for pre-qualification of companies was floated last year.

As many as 31 local and international companies are looking to pre-qualify for the construction work of the Diba-Lima-Khasab road project section two.