MoTC – National Railway Network: Phase I – Oman - Project Profile
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The Ministry of Transport & Communication (MoTC) is undertaking the construction on first phase of National Railway Network project in Oman.
The project involves the construction of 1,077km rail network comprising a 242km line from Sohar Port to Al Misfah in Muscat, 58km line from Sohar to Khatmat Malaha, 486km line from Muscat to Duqm Port, 207km section from Sohar to the UAE side of the border at Al Buraimi and Khatmat Milahah and 84km link from Sinaw to Ibra. The project will be implemented in segments.
The first segment, comprising a total length of 207km, is made up of three sections – Section 1A, covering a distance of 127km, connects the station of Sohar to the Oman-UAE border at Al Buraimi and Khatmat Milahah. Section 1B is a 34km spur line that departs from Section 1A and ends at Buraimi station. Section 1C is 38km spur line connecting the Port of Sohar to Section 1A. And a further 8km of track will be built to connect junctions at Section 1A to 1B and 1C.
It will include the construction of 35km of tunnels, 45km of viaducts, 39km of rail bridges and 48km of wadi bridges, 245 flyovers and underpasses, 98 pedestrian crossings and 210 animal crossings, Ten intermediate stations, six large stations, eight marshalling yards, nine intermodal yards, five rolling stock service facilities, three heavy-duty maintenance workshops, six central maintenance workshops, one main operational control centre and six operational control centers, 40 freight locomotives, 30 shunting locomotives, 5 recovery locomotives, 30 diesel multiple units (DMU) for passengers, 15 diesel locomotives for passenger trains, 80 passenger coaches, and 500 various freight wagons.
Second segment involves the construction of a 486km railway line from Muscat to the Port of Duqm. It will include the construction of railway stations, the installation of signalling systems and the construction of related infrastructure facilities.
Third segment involves the construction of a 242km railway line from the Port of Sohar to Muscat, with commuter stations planned at Sohar Port, Saham, Daqal, Al Khabourah, Al Hur, Al Hazm, Al Abyath and Al Misfah and fourth segment involves the construction of a 58km railway line from Sohar to the UAE border at Khatmat Malaha. Along this stretch commuter stations are planned at Liwa, Shinas, Al Aqar and Khatmat Malaha. The Batinah line will share a common corridor with the Batinah Expressway.
In January 2009, a joint venture of Systra Consulting and Oman's National Engineering Office was appointed as the surveyor for the project.
In June 2013, MoTC issued a tender for the project management consultant (PMC) contract with July 29, 2013 as the submission deadline.
Five international engineering and consulting groups submitted technical proposals to provide project management consultancy (PMC) services for the project. Parsons Brinckerhoff International; leading Spanish engineering firm Tecnicas Reunidas; US-based global project management consultancy firm Hill International; South Korean engineering consulting firm Dohwa Engineering and Parsons International and Co are the firms who have submitted the proposals.
In September 2013, Oman Railway Company (ORC) was created to handle management and operations of the project.
On February 5, 2014, MoTC signed an agreement with Italferr, an Italian engineering firm, to provide preliminary design consultancy services for the project.
The scope of the contract include the review of previous study reports, infrastructure design, systems design, rolling stock performance specifications and preparation of tender documents for design and build contractors for infrastructure and systems.
MoTC also signed a contract with Grant Thornton Abu Timam to consult on the organizational structure of the railway venture and with Dar al Takween for a corporate image and brand identity for the project.
Canarail Consultants Inc. has been appointed as consulting engineer.
In February 2014, ORC issued pre-qualification tender for the first 207km segment of the project. The tender includes two lists for pre-qualification, infrastructure and IT systems. The qualified companies list will be valid for four years. Companies that have been pre-qualified for infrastructure will participate in the execution tender and will be required to make use of the firms that qualified for the IT systems as subcontractors.
In March 2014, three consortia, Dohwa Engineering, Técnicas Reunidas and Parsons International submitted financial offers for the PMC package and Dohwa Engineering submitted the lowest bid for the same.
In August 2014, ORC qualified 23 consortia for the project. Eighteen consortiums were pre-qualified for civil work; while another five consortia for the technology systems work on the project.
18 consortia that are pre-qualified for the civil infrastructure and railway track are FCC Construction SA, Larsen and Toubro Ltd and Khalid bin Ahmed & Sons; Strabag AG, CCC Oman and Samsung E&C; Salini Impregilo Spa; China State Construction Engineering Corporation and SK E&C; International Contractors Co, China Railway Construction Corporation Ltd and Mohammed Al Kharafi & Sons; Habtor Leighton Middle East, Al Hassan Engineering, Posco E&C and Khimji Ramdas; Societa Italiana Per Condotte D'Acqua Spa, Federici Stirling Batco, SWS Engineering Spa and Itinera Spa; Vinci Construction Grand Projects, Aktor Technical SA and Vinci Construction Terrassement; Porr Bau GmbH, Yuksel Insat, Sarooj Construction Company and Daewoo E&C; Saipem Spa, Rizzani De Eccher Spa and Dogus Insaat; Ircon International Limited, Hani Archirodon and Tata Projects; China Tiesiju Civil Engineering Group Co. Ltd and China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co Ltd; Astaldi Spa, ONEIC, Yapi Merkezi and Corsan-Corviam Construccion SA; Sinohydro Corporation Ltd and Arabtech Construction; Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co Ltd , Hassan Juma Backer, Assignia Infraestructuras and Maire Tecnimont Civil Construction; Acciona Infraestructuras , Ozkar and Teixeira Duarte Engineer & Constructed; China Railway Engineering Corporation and Mapa-Gunal Oman and Ferrovial Agroman SA and Galfar Engineering & Contracting.
The five consortia that are pre-qualified for technology systems are Ansaldo STS Spa; Bombardier Transportation Italy Spa and Sirti Spa; Siemens AG (leader) and Siemens Oman; Thales Deutschland Transportation Systems GmbH and Thales Oman and Alstom Transporte SA and Alstom Belgium SA.
Once the pre-qualification process is complete, authorities will float an EPC contract seeking bids from eligible companies for these two key contracts.
On September 2, 2014, MoTC invited bids from the 18 pre-qualified bidders for the design and build package with January 18, 2015 as the submission deadline.
In December 2014, Oman Rail has extended bid submission date for the first segment section of the national rail project.
On February 10, 2015, Técnicas Reunidas, S.A was awarded the PMC contract on the project.
In March 2015, ORC received technical bids from 11 joint venture (JV) consortia for the first segment, a 207km stretch from Sohar port to Buraimi. Participants that submitted technical bids are:
1) JV of Saipem, Rizzani De Eccher and Dogus Insaat
2) JV of Astaldi, Oman National Engineering and Investment Co (ONEIC), Yapi Merkezi and Corsan-Corviam Construction
3) JV of Societa Italiana Per Condotte D'Acqua, Federici Stirling Batco LLC, SWS Engineering and Itinera SPA
4) Salini Impregilo Spa
5) JV of China State Construction Engineering Corporation and SK E&C
6) JV of China Railway Group Ltd and Mapa Insaat ve Ticaret
7) JV of China Railway Construction Corporation Ltd, International Contractors Co and Mohammed Al Kharafi & Sons
8) JV of India's Larsen and Toubro Ltd, FCC Construction SA and Khalid Bin Ahmed & Sons
9) JV of Indian firm Ircon International Ltd with Hani Achirodon LLC and Tata Projects
10) JV of Austrian firms Porr Bau GmbH with Yuksel Insat, Sarooj Construction Co and Daewoo E&C LLC
11) JV of Korean firm Hyundai Engineering and Construction with Hassan Juma Backer, Assignia Infrastructures and Maire Tecnimont Civil Construction
In July 2015, ORC shortlisted three JV companies for the first segment, a 207km stretch from Sohar port to Buraimi. The three shortlisted JV companies are JV of Porr Bau GmbH with Yuksel Insat, Sarooj Construction Co and Daewoo E&C LLC; JV of Saipem, Rizzani De Eccher and Dogus Insaat; and Salini Impregilo Spa.
In September 2015, the prequalification bids were submitted by international railway contractors for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract.The list of pre-qualified bidders are as follows:
1. Salini Impregilo
2. JV of Saipem, Rizzani de Eccher and Dogus
3. JV of Porr Bau, Yuksel, Daewoo Engineering and Construction, and Sarooj Construction
4. JV of Acciona Infrastructuras, STFA and Tecnimont Civil Construction
5. JV of Astaldi and Samsung Construction &Trading
6. JV of China State Construction Engineering Corporation, Larsen & Toubro and SK Engineering & Construction
7. JV of China Railway Construction Corporation and Oman National Engineering & Investment Company
8. JV of Corsan-Corviam Construccion, Cooperative Muratori & Cementesti, Orascom Construction and Zubair Construction
9. JV of Eiffage Travaux Public, Yapi Merkazi, and GS Engineering & Construction
10. JV of Condote d’Acqua, Itinera and SWS Engineering
11. JV of Strabag and Consolidated Contractor Group
12. JV of Vinci Construction, Aktoor and VINCI Construction Terrassement
Evaluation of technical and commercial bids for first segment is underway. ORC is also studying the pre-qualification bids submitted by international railway contractors for the EPC contract covering the second, third and fourth segments.
In January 2016, ORC has suspended the tendering process due to falling oil revenues.
In May 2016, project was placed on hold and PMC contract with Técnicas Reunidas SA has been terminated due to avoid costs.
In October 2016, tenders were issued for the appointment of consultants with a submission deadline of December 12, 2016.
The project is facing delay due to funding issues.
The project involves the construction of 1,077km rail network in Oman.
The US$7,750 million project includes the following:
1. Construction of a 242km railway line from Sohar Port to Al Misfah in Muscat
2. Construction of a 486km railway line from Muscat to Duqm Port
3. Construction of a 207km railway line from Sohar to the UAE side of the border at Al Buraimi and Khatmat Milahah
4. Construction of a 58km railway line from Sohar to Khatmat Malaha
5. Construction of a 84km railway line from Sinaw to IbraReasons To Buy
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