Monday, February 13, 2017

Oman's Duqm awards $219m infrastructure projects

Oman's Special Economic Zone Authority in Duqm (Sezad) has awarded contracts worth RO84.7 million ($219 million) involving four key infrastructure projects within the free zone area.

This comes as part of Sezad's efforts to make Duqm a city that attracts business activities and investments and a favourite destination for work and residence, remarked Yahya bin Said bin Abdullah Al Jabri, the chair of board of directors of Sezad after signing the contracts.

The scope of work includes construction of protection dams and major and secondary drainage channels with capacities sufficient to drain wadi waters through collecting rainwater and discharging it in the sea in a safe manner and based on appropriate amounts of rain expected in the Duqm area, he stated.

There are also plans to set up a system to drain surface water and provide the appropriate protection for the projects currently being implemented in the area, said Al Jabri.

Sezad signed a major agreement with Premier International Projects Company for the construction of two protection dams - one over Wadi Jarf measuring 19.4 m high and 1.6 km long with a storage capacity of 32.8 million cu m, and the other on Wadi Sai (16.4 m high and 3.3 km) long with a storage capacity of 17 million cu m.

The project will be completed by the end of 2019 at a cost of RO27 million ($70 million), stated Al Jabri after inking the deal with Mohan Babu, the managing director.

The other major agreement worth RO49.7 million ($129 million) for the construction of two drainage channels was inked with a joint venture of Serka and Rajab & Aidi Earthmoving Company

The first channel, Wadi Jarf Channel Valley, is about 12 km long and 340-650 m wide at the final exit at the sea, while the second, Wadi Sai Channel, is 10 km long up to the meeting point with Wadi Jarf Channel of 90-320 m wide.

Hunkar Adali, the authorised representative of Serka and Fathi Said Ayedeh of Rajab and Aidi Earthmoving Company, signed the agreement for the executing companies.

Sezad also signed agreements for the construction of Interface Roadway Project at Duqm (Section 4) at a cost of RO7.2 million ($18.6 million) awarded to Al Hajri Trading Company.

The project involves the Construction of an Interface road from the Main Road (Sultan Said bin Timor Road) that goes along Duqm from the south to the power station, in addition to another link passing through the site of Sebacic Oman Company situated to the north of Duqm Port, said Al Jabri after signing the deal with Al Hajri Trading Company chairman Nasser bin Khamis bin Juma Al Hashar.

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