(MENAFN) Oman has launched a tender for the preliminary design of nine freight yards, as part of the first phase of the Oman National Railway network, the Construction Week magazine reported.
Bidding for the preliminary design consulting engineer contract will close on 25 March 2013. 20 leading international firms have expressed their interest in the tender.
According to the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the nine freight yards will be key junctions along the planned rail network, which will be 1,061km long initially.
The network is aimed to link UAE border near Sohar to Duqm, while also branching elsewhere.
The intermodal nature of the freight yards will allow for the fluid transition of goods between the country's road, rail and maritime transportation systems across the Gulf country.
The largest yards are planned at either end of the network, at Sohar and Duqm, as they will be designed to handle the freight volumes handled by the industrial ports at the respective locations.