The contract for consultancy services for preliminary design of Oman’s national railway project has drawn qualifying bids from three engineering and consultancy firms, Muscat Daily has reported.
The development comes only a couple of weeks after the Omani Tender Board issued a tender for the project management consultant on the country’s planned national railway project.
The companies in the running for the preliminary design consultancy are the National Engineering Office, a multi-disciplinary local firm, Italferr, the Italian State Railways Group engineering firm, and DB International, a German engineering and consultancy firm.
The firm selected from the three, in turn whittled down from 12 original bids, will be responsible for the provisional design of the complete infrastructure and systems on the initially 1,061km project.
Tender documents for the project management consultancy will meanwhile continue to be distributed until July 11, while bids from prospective parties will be opened on July 29, 2013.