Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Oman and Khalid bin Ahmed & Sons LLC (KAS Constructions) are believed to have won Section 2 of the Bidbid-Sur triple-lane dual carriageway project.
According to a report in the Oman Daily Observer, L&T Oman is said to have been awarded Section 2A — a 76km stretch valued at RO 98.3mn ($254mn), while KAS Constructions has landed Section 2B — a 56km stretch valued at RO 91.3mn ($237mn).
The two contractors will simultaneous execute their respective segments totalling around 132km in length and amounting to RO 189.8mn ($492.9mn) in value. With the award of the contracts, construction work on the outstanding segments of one of Oman’s biggest and most complex road undertakings is set to finally get underway.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications is overseeing the implementation of the massive 250km upgrade, which links Muscat Governorate with major wilayats in the Sharqiyah North and South governorates.
A decision to add a third lane on either side of the dual road has swelled the total cost of the project to around RO 432mn ($1.120bn), effectively placing the Bidbid-Sur triple-lane project among the country’s most expensive road-building ventures.
A joint venture of Italy-based international construction firm Astaldi and Turkish contractor Ozkar Insaat Sanayi ve Ticaret AS is undertaking the triple-laning of a 40km stretch from Sarur in Samayil wilayat to Wadi al Aqq. This stretch, representing Section IA of the 250km-long project, is valued at RO 125.231mn ($325mn).
Section 1B is being implemented by the joint venture of Turkey’s STFA and UAE-based Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG). The 75km stretch, valued at RO 117mn ($303mn), takes the dualised carriageway all the way to Ibra.
Sections 2A and 2B, awarded last week, cover the remainder 132km stretch from Ibra to Sur. As the successful contractor for Section 2A, L&T Oman will the constructing a 76km six-lane dual road from where the STFA/HLG joint venture’s segment (1B) ends just beyond Ibra town. This segment, which primarily traverses flat terrain, will end at Al Kamil.
Also as part of its brief, the contractor will construct a total of 10 arch-type interchange bridges, five vehicle underpasses, seven single-cell pedestrian underpasses, and 15km of linked and service roads along the route.
KAS Constructions will build the remaining 56km stretch (2B) from Al Kamil to a point near Sur Hospital, which marks the southern end of the Bidbid-Sur carriageway project. The contractor will also construct four interchanges and a similar number of wadi bridges.
Implementation timeframes for both segments are 36 months (excluding two months mobilisation).
The work is scheduled for completion in 2017.