THE Oman and Etihad Rail Company (OERC), which is developing a 303km railway from Sohar in Oman to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has invited bidders to prequalify for a tender to build stations, freight facilities and a rolling stock maintenance depot.

The tender is open to local companies, as well as joint ventures or consortia led by a local company registered in the UAE or Oman, as applicable, to deliver work in the relevant country.

Potential contractors should have recent experience of executing projects of a similar size and nature, such as the construction of rail freight facilities, passenger stations and maintenance depots.

Applicants must also have experience of design and construction projects in a railway environment, and demonstrate their ability to deliver work on time and to the required quality.

Prequalification documents are available for purchase online until August 27.

The tender for stations and freight facilities comes after potential bidders were invited in March to prequalify for the civil works contract to build the new railway between Sohar and Abu Dhabi.

Expected to cost $US 3bn to build, the line will be designed for passenger trains to operate at up to 200km/h, with a maximum speed of 120km/h for freight trains.

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