Multifunctional Consultancy Services for Mineral Line Railway Project - Call Off N°1
The Mineral Line project (ML) has been planned to link Oman’s minerals sources located in the south portion of the Sultanate to the port of Al Duqm providing also rail connectivity to the various Oil and Gas logistics centres. The design of this rail network must be in full compliance with the technical and functional standards and specifications ensuring interoperability with the entire Oman rail network.
The Scope of Services for the ‘Multifunctional Consultant’ (MFC) is divided into six (6) components:
Component A
Review, update and validation of previous study reports, functional specifications, technical standards, operating and maintenance philosophy and commercial philosophy.
Component B
Develop a Conceptual Operating Plan to Meet the Commercial Requirements of the Mineral Line.
Component C
Develop Design Criteria and Key Parameters of all Component Requirements Necessary for the Proposed Conceptual Operation Plan.
Component D
Simulate and Model the Conceptual Operating Plan and Infrastructure Design.
Component E
Optional-Prepare Tender Documents.
Component F
On Site Work Experience and Staff Deployment.  MFC will provide for up to two engineers to work with the consultant on one or more of the components of this Call Off contract.
Italferr is responsible/owner of the Component A and it will support the JV for the Component E.


The National Rail Project
In July 2013, Italferr signed the contract for the preliminary design of the Sultanate of Oman railway In July 2013, at the Omani Ministry of Transport and Communications in Muscat, Italferr signed the contract for the preliminary design of the entire rail network of the Sultanate of Oman.
The network features a total of about 2,244 km of new lines, running from the northern border of Oman with the United Arab Emirates (at Al Ain and Khatmat Milahah) and Muscat to the southern part of the country, with the port of ad Duqm and Salalah and the country’s southern border with Yemen.
The designs include the civil engineering structures, maintenance facilities, stations, signalling and telecommunications systems, as well as the technical specifications for the building contractors, including rolling stock specifications.
Italferr will also assess the environmental impact of the project and apply for approval by the competent Government department, also liaising with all the stakeholders affected by the railway until the project is finally approved.
The Omani national rail network project will play a pivotal role in modernising the transport and freight distribution system in the Sultanate of Oman.
The main freight transport flow regard containers between the ports and the intermodal hubs, raw materials from the ports to the industrial centres and the exports of raw materials and semi-finished products towards the other nations in the Arabian Peninsula.
As part of the same contract, and in partnership with the Faculty of Engineering of Rome’s "La Sapienza" University, Italferr has developed a 2-year training scheme to transfer technical and specialised know-how to groups of young Omani engineers selected for future management positions in Oman Rail.
The project was completed in November 2016.

Consultancy Services for the Mineral Line Design
In July 2016, Italferr entered into a contract with Oman Rail to develop the Concept Design for the new Mineral line – called “sector 4d” – 212 km long, linking Amal and Duqm in the Sultanate of Oman.
Italferr will also develop a further 110 km for connecting the mines of Manji Loadout and Ash Shwaymiyyah by rail.
The Project will analyse the economic, environmental and operational aspects, in order to determine the new route. The route of Segment 1 – between the depot and port of Sohar – will also be reviewed.
Activities were completed in December 2016.