Oman’s transport sector is on the brink of a massive $15bn project to build its first ever railway. Middle East Economic Digest asked me to update readers on its progress.
By the end of 2015 construction is scheduled to commence on Oman’s first railway line which will ultimately see the Sultanate’s three deepwater ports at Sohar, Duqm and Salalah connected with each other and the rest of the GCC. In its first phase the new 2,135km network is designed to link in to the GCC network at Al Ain at the Abu Dhabi border with a second link in the north connecting Sohar Port to Khatmat on the border with Fujairah – but this is a more long term proposal.
Oman Rail is progressing its multi staged, dual track, passenger and freight rail project with contracts for the first major 207km section put out to tender in September 2014. Technical bids followed in January 2015 with commercial bids submitted by March. Known as segment one the first package of works includes three elements: a 135km link running east to west between the Port of Sohar and the UAE border in Al Ain; a 34km link running north to Al Buraimi and a further 38km spur to a new railway yard north of Sohar.
The full article will appear in MEED next week