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Atkins appointed as lead consultant on Khazaen Economic City project

Khazaen Economic City (KEC), a master development project in Oman, has appointed Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, as a lead consultant for Khazaen’s master planning, design and supervision work for OMR2.6mn ($6.7mn), a media report said.

The award of the contracts comes after months of in-depth evaluation and discussions with each of the shortlisted firms, reported Oman Observer.

“We are delighted to appoint Atkins as the lead consultant for Khazaen. This is a demonstration of our approach of entering partnerships with global firms with a proven track record in delivering truly outstanding projects and also implementing true in country value,” said Eng. Kalat G. Al Bulooshi, chairman of KEC.

Atkins’ scope of work includes full consultancy services for the integrated urban planning of the city covering 51.5 million sqm, detailed master plan, environmental assessment, sustainability assessment, engineering designs for infrastructures and utilities, preparation and evaluation of construction tenders for various infrastructure work of the city, the report said.

Al Bulooshi added that the contract is for five years, and can be extended for two additional years upon mutual agreement. The priority will be on completing the engineering and design work of about five million square metres area related to the first phase of the logistics and industrial area, the dry port, the truck terminal project, the central fruit and vegetables market and the central auto market in addition to the head office of Khazaen.

“It is a fantastic for us to be retained to assist Khazaen Economic City. This is an exciting time to be part of the realisation of such an important project in Oman’s economic expansion, and we are looking forward to bringing our projects expertise to this development,” said Marco Malpiedi, Atkins’ managing director for Oman.

The scope of work also includes supervising the implementation of the first phase of the infrastructure of Khazaen, it added.

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