Muscat: Another tender package (package tenth) for building the ambitious Batinah Expressway project was floated by the Ministry of Transport and Communications on Sunday.
According to the Tender Board website, the tender documents will be distributed until September 11 and it will open on October 27.
The first ten packages, including six main packages, have already been floated and are under various stages of planning and construction. The Batinah Expressway, a 265km-long dual four-lane expressway, will connect the Muscat Expressway in the wilayat of Barka to Khatmat Milahah in the wilayat of Shinas.
When completed tentatively by the year 2016, the Batinah Expressway will serve as a new all-weather, 8-lane superhighway extending from Muscat to Khatmat Malaha on Oman's border with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The project, with an estimated cost of OMR1 billion, will provide strong new impetus to economic investment along the North and South Batinah governorates and the hinterland, as well as drive Oman's ambitions to emerge as a logistics gateway to the Gulf region.
The US-based multinational consultant Parsons International designed the first and second section of the carriageway, which together account for a 180-km section, while Turkey's Bosphorous Technical Consulting Corporation (BOTEK) offered consultancy services for the remaining 85-km stretch of the road project.