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Norway, Haugeland - no/12

Propane Storage

  Two caverns 20m-wide x 190m-long x 33m-high in phyllite, rockbolted and shotcreted. Total excavation 250,000m3. Contract includes 4km of 30m2 section cooling water tunnel and 1km of 65m2 section road tunnel. Contractor: AF Spesialprosjekt using Atlas Copco Rocket Boomer 353 rigs with COP 1838 drills, one with extended reach. Bever controls for contouring. Caverns excavated on three benches with two faces at each level. 1,200m3 blasted in each round. Completion end-1998. Dec 1998.


Norway, Oslo - no/11

Fjord Crossing

Twin 7.4 km tubes each with two lanes. Maximum gradient 7%, lowest point 130 m below sea level. Estimated completion 3 years. Value $90 million. Second land tunnel 2.4 km long. October 1998.


Open invitation to tender, deadline 10.06.2010, for construction of two tunnels, one bridge and adjoining roads. Contract involves: 1.195 km-long Kaejfjord tunnel on TO3 with 65 m portals and 2.6 km of road; and 680 m-long Skjaeholmen tunnel on Rv 94 with 20 m portals, 1.5 km road and 33 m bridge. Site survey at 10.00h on 11.05.2010 at Skjaeholmen bridge on national road 94 in Kvalsund municipality. Time limit for requesting or accessing documents 21.05.2010. More information, specs and docs from Torgeir Dahle at Statens vegvesen Region nord in Alta, tel +47 6640 99211801/90673913, e-mail torgeir.dahle@vegvesen.no. Tenders or requests to participate should be sent to Edgar Olsen in Alta, tel +47 6640 90673913, e-mail edgar.olsen@vegvesen.no. Visit http://ted.publications.eu.int/udl?request=Seek-Deliver&language=en&docid=125120-2010. 17/10.



Oman, National - om/11

High Speed Railway

Closing Date: 18.01.2015 (Tender Closed)

Postponed from 21.12.2014 to 18.01.2015, the deadline for the contract to execute Segment 1 (207 km) of the 2,235 km Oman National Railway network, from the industrial port of Sohar to Buraimi, on the Sultanate’s border with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Segment 1 includes more than 70 viaducts for 27.5 km and 10 tunnels for 4.7 km, two of which are 1.57 km long.

The Oman Railway Company (ORC) selected 18 consortia among 34 (constituted by 95 local and international companies) for a design-and-build civil infrastructure and railway track contract and 5 consortium among 9 (formed by 14 local and international firms) for technology systems.

The successful bidder for civil work will  have to subcontract IT systems to any one of the five consortia prequalified for the Rail Technology Systems package. The qualified companies list is valid for four years.

The construction work of Segment 1 is expected to start by the first quarter of 2015.

The Segment 1 is expected to be operational by 2018 and the railway will connect the Sultanate's port cities – Sohar, Duqm and Salalah – with other GCC countries.

In August, 2013 the Italian company Italferr was awarded the contract for consultancy services for preliminary design of the national railway project. The whole railway will have 30 small stations, 10 interim stations, six large stations and eight marshalling yards. Visit http://www.motc.gov.om/tabid/397/Default.aspx  and http://www.omanprojects.com/Member/MoreInfo.asp?LoginId=77&LoginName=osco&ProjectId=93288. Project n. MPP2357-O. 49/14.


Postponed from 18.01.2015 to 01.03.2015, the deadline for the commercial bids to execute Segment 1 (207 km) of the 2,235 km Oman National Railway network, from the industrial port of Sohar to Buraimi, on the Sultanate’s border with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Segment 1 includes ten tunnels for 4.7 km, two of which are 1.57 km long. Visit http://www.omanprojects.com/Member/MoreInfo.asp?LoginId=77&LoginName=osco&ProjectId=93288. Project n. MPP2357-O. 09/15.


Three of the five consortia on the Oman Rail shortlist for the design-build contract of the 207 km-long Segment One from Sohar Port to Buraim have been asked to extend the validity of their bid bonds to October, 2015. The consortia are: JV Porr Bau Gmbh (Germany), Yuksel Insaat (Turkey), Sarooj Construction Company (Oman) and Daewoo E&C LLC (Korea); JV Saipem (Italy), Rizzani De Eccher and Dogus Insaat; JV led by Salini Impregilo. Visit http://www.omanprojects.com/Member/MoreInfo.asp?LoginId=77&LoginName=osco&ProjectId=93288. 30/15.



Pakistan, Karakorum - pk/22


Pre-feasibility study being undertaken by ILF Consulting Engineers for construction of single track railway line along the Karakorum highway between the end of the existing railway network in the south at Havelian and the border between Pakistan and China near the famous Khunjrab Pass in the north. The 682 km-long alignment includes more than 100 tunnels with a total length of 200 km, the majority with less than 5 km length. The longest tunnel is approximately 24 km and will be constructed at the border between Pakistan and China under the Mintaka Pass. Visit www.ilf.com or contact stephan.tischler@ilf.com 47/08.


Pakistan, Kashmir - pk/21


Pakistan's federal government approved the 969 MW Neelum-Jhelum hydropower project at a cost of PKR128.4 billion in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir. The project will be built by a consortium consisting of China Gezhouba Group Corp. (CGGC) and CMEC China. The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) had already approved award of the contract to the CGGC-CMEC joint venture in March 2007 at the contract price of PKR90.9 billion. The project will also be executed through Neelum-Jhelum Project Co., a government-owned unit, which has since been set up and the debt ratio of the project will be around 50/50. The project envisages the diversion of the Neelum river at Nosairi in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, through a 32.5 km headrace tunnel to a power station. Three tunnels would be built under the project design: the first two would be 15 km long and 40 square metres and the second would be 17 km long and 80 square metres. The project will be completed in eight years. Read E-News Weekly 2/2006. Visit www.gzbgj.com/english/index.asp and www.cmec.com 52/07-01/08.The joint venture Neelum-Jhelum Consultants led by MWH and consisting of MWH, Pakistani firms Nespak, ACE and NDC, and Norwegian firm Norplan has been selected by the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) to provide design, construction drawing preparation and construction management services for the Neelum-Jhelum hydroelectric project. The contract is worth PKR4.1 billion and covers a period of eight years. The project, expected to cost approximately PKR130 billion to build, will include a concrete gravity diversion dam, a headrace tunnel, a surge chamber and an underground powerhouse that will have four turbine-generating units. The total length of headrace tunnel is 28.5 km. A 15.1 km stretch of the tunnel from the Nauseri will be constructed as a twin tunnel system each with a cross-section of 42 square metres. The remaining headrace tunnel down to the surge chamber will be a single tunnel having a cross-section of 82 square metres. The tunnels are shotcrete lined with a concrete invert. The tunnel crosses the Jhelum river approximately 380 m below its bed. The tunnel will be accessed by seven adits for removal of excavated spoil. The surge chamber consists of a 340 m-high riser shaft. A 820 m-long surge tunnel, four steel-lined penstock tunnels, 150 m long and having 3.8 m internal diameter will also be constructed. The underground power station will house four units with a total capacity of 969 MW. Located in the Muzaffarabad district in the state of Azad Jammu Kashmir, approximately 138 km from Islamabad, the Neelum-Jhelum project is one of several major projects planned to increase Pakistan's hydroelectric generation capabilities to meet the growing energy needs of the country. Click pk/21. Visit www.wapda.gov.pk, www.mwhglobal.com, www.nespak.com.pk and www.norplan.com 25/08.


Pakistan, Malakand - pk/20


Rs7.6 billion 81 MW Malakand III hydro power project involves construction of five 5.5 m-diameter tunnels, lengths of 550, 350, 1,750, 275 and 200 metres. Tunnel rock blasting 117,500 cu m, shotcreting 17,000 sq m, 300 mm-thick concrete lining 15,000 cu m. Project developed by Sarhad Hydel Development Organization (Shydo). Bids in evaluation stage. Successful contractor to be announced by the end of October 2002. E-mail Muhammad Javed, Proposals Engineer, mmjaved71@hotmail.com. Construction lead times of three years. All the five tunnels should be completed in 28 months. 22/02.


Pakistan, Duber Khwar - pk/19


Dh202 million loan granted by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) for the Duber Khwar project. Includes a 5 km tunnel to transfer water to a power house from the intake on the Duber Khwar river. 48/01.


Pakistan, Peshawar - pk/18

Light Railway

North West Frontier government investigating feasibility of light rail mass transit system for provincial capital Peshawar which may include underground sections. Sept 1999.


Pakistan, Balochistan - pk/17


National Highway Authority has invited BOT proposals to build Lakpass tunnel about 25 km from Quetta on Karachi road. Project offered to private sector on design, construction, operation and maintenance basis for a start in 2000. Sept 1999.


Pakistan, Kohat - pk/16


$100 million estimated value. Groundbreaking for three-year project in northwest frontier province as part of Indus Highway from Peshawar to Karachi. 1.9 km tunnel with 28 km of access roads bypassing Kohat city in the south and Darra Adam Khel in the north. August 1999.   Letter of acceptance received by contractors Taisei of Japan on June 11th, 1999. Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund of Japan has funded this project, designed by Pacific Consultant International of Japan and Mouchel of UK, who will carry on to supervise construction. Sept 1999.   Mouchel reports start of construction work by Taisei Corporation on 1.885 km-long tunnel utilising $49 million loan from OECF of Japan. More information from www.mouchel.com November 1999.   The Rawalpindi Bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) on 25th November, 1999 suspended Taisei Corporation’s contract to construct the Kohat tunnel on the grounds that the contractor does not have a working license for Pakistan. The petition was brought by the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) who also challenged both the award of the contract to Taisei and the prequalification of the company. December 1999.   Pacific Consultants International reports 70% of excavation of 1.885 km-long Kohat tunnel and construction of 50% of 30 km access roads completed. Excavation from Darra Adam Khel portal to commence this week for completion end-2001. Visit www.taisei.com 24/01.   Taisei International reports 1.3 km of total 1.89 km of mining complete and 800 m shotcrete lining complete. Tunnelling from Darra Adamkel portal commenced June, with 15 m completed. Visit www.taisei.com 30/01.   JBIC will loan Y4,032 million this fiscal year through ODA to help fund second phase of construction. Repayments over 30 years, with 10 years grace, and 1.8% interest. 2 km-long concrete drains are being installed on both sides of the tunnel to the south portal to cope with up to 2,500 lit/min water ingress. 1.4 km of the tunnel is complete, with 3.4 m/day advance on south face and 0.5 m/day on north face. Breakthrough expected January, 2002. Visit www.taisei.com 36/01.  Work has been stopped at the Rs7 billion 1,885 m-long Kohat tunnel after Japanese contrator Taisei decided to go back in the wake of US air strikes against Afghanistan. To date, some 1,300 metres have been tunnelled from the south side, and sixteen metres from the north one while 750 metres have been lined with concrete. Initially, completion was scheduled by February, 2002, and commissioning by mid-2003. Design and construction supervision by Mouchel. Kohat will be the longest road tunnel in Pakistan. 46/01.