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Eight bids for Oman Rail operating contract

08 Oct 2015

OMAN: National railway project promoter Oman Rail has received proposals from eight companies or consortia interested in the contract to operate and maintain the first phase of the future network.

Proposals were received from:

  • Aurizon Operations;
  • FS Italiane, Almavia, Al Madina Logistics, Cavarail and Menarail Transport Consultant;
  • Freightliner Group, Oman Investment Corp and Network Rail Consulting;
  • Rites and Konkan Railway;
  • Al Bahja Construction, Advanced Rail Technologies and GB Railfreight;
  • Ubar & Swiss Railway Systems, Transnet SOC and Barbican;
  • Assignia Infraestructuras Oman, Asesoría Integral Ferroviaria, FGC and Zubair Corp;
  • Grindrod Mauritius

Oman Rail had invited expressions of interest in May, saying it was seeking international rail operators with ‘extensive technical and commercial experience combined with local market knowledge’.

The selected partner would initially support the development of local skills and institutional capabilities in Oman, and advise on the needs of the future rail network’s potential customers. It would then be responsible for infrastructure management and freight operations on the first phase of the network, running 170 km from Sohar to Al Buraymi and scheduled to open in 2019.