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Astaldi JV Secures Oman Road Dualisation Contract

17 February 2011

A joint venture of Italy's Astaldi and Turkish engineering firm Ozkar Insaat, has won a OMR125.2m ($325.2m) contract to dualise the first phase of a dual carriageway between Bidbid and Sur, Oman.

The dualisation project is aimed at transforming the single-lane Bidbid-Sur carriageway into an all-weather motorway with a design speed of km/hr. The tender for the second phase of the Bidbid-Sur road dualistation project is underway.

The scope of work for the first phase involves the construction of the 40km stretch of the existing carriageway from Sarur in Samayil wilayat to beyond Wadi al Aqq and some adjoining roads.

This segment represents Package 1-A of Section 1 of the dualisation project, which will cover the entire 250km length of the carriageway after completion.

Moreover, five major wadi bridges at higher elevations, as well as a number of smaller bridges and culverts, will be constructed at key points along the existing carriageway stretch.

Design and construction supervision work is being allotted to engineering consultancy firms Cowi & Partners and Dar Al Handasah, according to reports of the Oman Observer.