Deadline for Oman Rail consultancy bids extended to December 15

By Conrad Prabhu — MUSCAT: Dec 12: The deadline for submission of bids for Oman Rail’s keenly anticipated tender for Multifunctional Consultancy Services has been deferred by a week to December 15, 2016, the Observer has learnt. The extension is designed to enable a wider response from qualified international consultancy firms to participate in the competitive tender. Oman Rail, part of the wholly government-owned Oman Global Logistics Group SAOC (OGL), says the selected consultant will serve as an “adviser” to the national rail company, notably in the development of a rail network optimised for heavy haul bulk operations.
A large number of international firms are expected to compete for the Multifunctional Consultancy Services contract, which requires the selected firm to demonstrate expertise across seven key areas of railway development and operations: (i) Operation & Maintenance (ii) Infrastructure (iii) Rolling Stock (iv) Management (v) Railway Facilities (vi) Mass Transit System, and (vii) Auxiliary Services (Ports and Mines).
As part of its brief, the selected consultant shall develop a system, complete with simulations, to identify and define the specific types of terminals and facilities required to support the operation of heavy haul freight systems suitable to handle axle loads of 32.4 tonnes and more, as well as mixed (freight and passenger), and mass transit (metro and light rail transit) systems.
Given this wide-ranging scope, interested consultants must demonstrate proven expertise encompassing heavy haul railway design, development and operation of commercial terminals, maintenance requirements  based on freight and passenger demand projections, and integration of railway systems.
Additionally, the consultant should be adept at providing schematic concepts, based on reviews of previous studies, in preparing training running simulations, operational plans, maintenance plans, design guidelines of complete infrastructure and systems for all commercial terminals and freight maintenance facilities.  The schematics envision conceptual outlines of a fully functional and operating heavy haul railway, multipurpose railway, or mass transit system, according to Oman Rail.