Muscat: Turkish construction giant Yuksel Construction has submitted the lowest bid for Ibri-Yanqul (stage two) dualisation project.
Like other ten 10 bidders, Yuksel has submitted two options at OMR37.41 million and OMR42.15 million, respectively. Eleven construction firms, including international ones from Turkey and India, and local firms have submitted their bids for the second stage dualisation, offering two options on the basis of two different scopes of work.
Yuksel Construction, which has a strong presence in the Middle East region, is specialised in building transport infrastructure, marine structures, dams, industrial projects and civil work. Of late, Turkish firms have a growing presence in Oman, and have been bagging major transport infrastructure projects, especially road works.
The other lowest bidders are Khalid bin Ahmed & Sons, Galfar Engineering and Contracting, Nagarjuna Construction Company, Hasan Juma Backer Trading and Contracting, National United Engineering Contracting, Al Shanfari Trading Co, Oman Shapoorji Construction, Sarooj Construction Co, Consolidated Contracting Co and Strabag Oman. Khalid bin Ahmed & Sons submitted two options — OMR38.19 million and OMR42.79 million — while Galfar's bids were for OMR38.96 million and OMR44.6 million.
These two companies are the second and third lowest bidders for the project. Nagarjuna Construction, which was the fourth lowest bidder, has submitted two bids — OMR39.56 million and OMR44.84 million.
The project involves conversion to a four-lane dual carriageway from the existing single carriageway between Ibri and Yanqul. It includes several intermittent grade-separated interchanges, cross-drainage structures, and other facilities. For smooth implementation, the 33-km long project has been divided into two segments.
Ministry of Transport and Communications, which is implementing road work, last year signed an agreement with Desert Convoy-Khalid Bin Ahmed and Sons consortium for implementing first phase of Ibri-Yanqul dualisation project. Construction cost of the 6-km long road project, which starts from Al Draiz roundabout, was a little higher than OMR5 million.
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