Atkins awarded US$6.75mn consultancy contract for Omani city

KhazaenKhazaen Economic City (KEC), Oman’s first proposed integrated economic city, has appointed Atkins as the consultant for the city’s master planning

KEC said in a statement that the total value of the contract is US$6.75mn.

Atkins’ scope of work includes full consultancy services for the integrated urban planning of the city covering 51.5mn sq m, 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.

Kalat G. Al Bulooshi, chairman of KEC said, “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.”

Khazaen is the first and only integrated economic city within 60km of Oman’s capital, and the second integrated economic city in the sultanate after the special economic zone in Duqm.

"Today’s award of the contracts comes after months of in-depth evaluation and discussions with each of the shortlisted firms. Atkins will lead the concept master plan and detailed master plan work for the project, which is expected to take around six months to complete,” Bulooshi added.

Marco Malpiedi, Atkins’ managing director for Oman, stated, “It is a fantastic opportunity for us to be selected 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.”

Khazaen will be developed in several phases to become an integrated city, located strategically between Muscat and Sohar Free Zone.

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