To manage and help expedite the development of the railway, Oman’s Transport & Communications Ministry has established an operating vehicle named Oman Railway Company and has awarded the UK-based Grant Thornton a deal to study the organizational structure of the new entity. The scale of the project means it is already attracting widespread interest from operators, consultants and contractors. In August last year, the Transport & Communications Ministry awarded a e28m ($37.3m) consultancy services deal for the preliminary design of the railway to Italian state railway group Italferr, and since then there has been a flurry of bidding and prequalification activity for various roles on the scheme.
Oman national railway in numbers
Stations and yards
46 stations – 6 large, 10 intermediate, 30 small 8 marshaling yards 9 intermodal yards
12,000km of rail 23,000,000 cubic meters of ballast 10,200,000 sleepers
35km of tunnels 400 crossings 39km of bridges 45km of viaducts 48km of wadi bridges 245km of underpasses and flyovers