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    UAE – Oman railway co-operation agreement signed


    ASIA: Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investment Co is to support Oman-Etihad Rail Co with the development of plans for a mixed traffic railway connecting the UAE with Oman. Working groups are to be formed to share expertise and undertake joint economic and financial feasibility ...

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    Oman – UAE railway project developer established


    ASIA: National railway project promoters Oman Rail and Etihad Rail have agreed to establish equally-owned Oman-Etihad Rail Co to design, develop and operate a mixed traffic railway connecting the port of Sohar to the UAE’s developing network. The company is to develop a work plan, financial ...

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    Oman Rail phase two approved


    OMAN: A royal decree issued on December 20 declared the second phase of the planned 2 135 km national railway project to be a public utility project. The decree grants powers for land acquisition for Phase 2, which would run south to Fahud from a connection with the Al ...

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    Eight bids for Oman Rail operating contract


    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 ...

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    Oman Rail seeks operating partner


    OMAN: National railway project promoter Oman Rail is seeking an international rail operator with ‘extensive technical and commercial experience combined with local market knowledge’ to form a long-term partnership to operate and maintain the future 2 135 km network. Oman Rail’s partner would initially support the development of skills ...

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    Oman Rail project management contract awarded


    OMAN: On behalf of the Ministry of Transport & Communications, the Government Tender Board has selected a consortium headed by Spanish engineering contractor Técnicas Reunidas to provide project management consultancy services for the construction of the future rail network. The consortium will review preliminary designs which are being prepared by ...

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    Oman Rail Co invites civil works bids


    OMAN: The government’s railway project promoter Oman Rail Co has formally invited 18 pre-qualified international consortia to bid for the civil works contract for the Sohar – Al Buraymi first phase of the planned 2 244 km national network. A total of 34 consortia bringing together 95 local and international ...

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    Oman railway contracts signed


    OMAN: Three contracts for the development of the planned 2 244 km national railway network were signed by Minister of Transport & Communications Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Futaisi on February 5. The state budget has allocated 1bn rial for works this year, with the entire network linking six cities to ...

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    Light rail study in Masqat


    OMAN: A feasibility study for a light rail or metro network in Masqat is to be commissioned shortly, according to local press reports. The Ministry of Transport & Communications and the Supreme Council for Planning are to develop proposals for a line which would provide an interchange ...

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    Gulf Railway could start next year


    MIDDLE EAST: The Gulf Co-operation Council remains optimistic that a 1940 route-km regional network could be operational by 2017. Despite concerns that the ambitious railway network linking the six states in the Gulf Co-operation Council could be delayed by the global economic downturn, officials are insistent that ...

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    Ambitious GCC rail plans start to firm up


    MIDDLE EAST: Development of a 1 940 route-km rail network linking the six member states of the Gulf Co-operation Council is moving closer to fruition, with a feasibility study to be completed by March. At a meeting of finance and economics ministers held in Dubai on November ...

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    Consultants appointed in Oman


    OMAN: Consultants have been appointed to undertake a study into the feasibility of building a 200 km freight railway between the port of Suhar and a planned container terminal at Birka to the north of the capital Masqat. Minister of National Economy Ahmed Macki told the local media on April ...

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    Gulf rail links beckon


    ONE REGION that has long harboured ambitions for an international rail network is the Gulf, although there has been little progress to report. With Saudi Arabia forging ahead with its north-south mineral line, east-west Landbridge and Western Railway (RG 8.07 p465), others are keen to join the party. Reports surfaced ...