Muscat: The Ministry of Transport and Communications yesterday signed thirteen agreements, including three major contracts to build Batinah Expressway, with contracting companies for a total value of OMR535.56 million.
Among these, three contracts were for building 136km of the 265km-long Batinah Expressway with a total cost of OMR392.26 million. These agreements were signed by Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Futaisi, the minister of transport and communications, with top-level officials of companies that won these contracts.
"The importance of these projects is that it will be seen as an expansion of Muscat Expressway and existing Batinah road and it will connect Oman with other neighbouring countries," said Dr Al Futaisi.
The Batinah Expressway will have four lanes on both sides and interchanges in different places to have road connectivity with other roads in different governorates.
The first agreement, which is the fourth package of Batinah Expressway, was signed with Larsen & Toubro (Oman) for a 50km road connecting the Al Hajari road (extreme end) with Wadi Hibi road, costing OMR135.66 million.
The scope of work include developing two main intersections, seven secondary intersections, five culverts (a channel for letting water flow under the road) and one truck weighing station.
The second agreement for the fifth package of Batinah Expressway was signed with Federici Stirling Batco for developing a 41km stretch of the highway between Wadi Hibi road and Liwa. The scope of work will include three main intersections, three secondary intersections, three culverts and four truck weighing stations.
The third agreement was signed with Consolidated Contractors Company Oman for the sixth package of Batinah Expressway for developing the 45 km-portion between Liwa wilayat and Khatmat Al Malaha (border with the UAE) with a cost of OMR124 million. The scope of work in the sixth package includes four main intersections, four secondary intersections, four culverts and two truck weighing stations.
Dr Al Futaisi said the traffic on Batinah road will increase due to government's move to shift all commercial activities of Muscat port to Sohar.
The minister also urged the contracting firms for fast implementation of Batinah Expressway within the timeframe. He also asked the contracting firms to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by giving them sub-contracting business.
The fourth agreement was signed with a contracting firm to dualise 60-km long Mahda-Rowdah road with a value of OMR63 million. Another agreement was signed with Strabag Oman for developing Sinaw-Mahout road, with a value of OMR46 million.