The Oman Railway Company (ORC) has received 34 quotations from 95 local and international companies for prequalification for the design-and-build civil infrastructure and railway track contract, while nine pre-qualification quotations have been submitted by 14 local and international firms for technology systems for the national railway project, said the report in the Times of Oman. The construction work on the railway project is expected to start by the first quarter of 2015, after selecting a design-and-build contractor for the first segment. The railway project is expected to be operational by 2018, the report added. The Ministry of Transport and Communications has signed three contracts for expediting the work. Italy-based engineering firm Italferr will provide consultancy services for preliminary route design, while another major consultant for managing the project will be selected soon from three multinational firms – TecnicasReunidas, Dohwa Engineering and Parsons International.
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