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Atkins picked to plan first economic city in northern Oman

Atkins signs a contract with Khazaen Economic City to deliver masterplanning, design and supervision work

Atkins picked to plan first economic city in northern Oman

Atkins has signed a contract with Khazaen Economic City (KEC), the master developer of the first integrated economic city in northern Oman, to deliver masterplanning, design and supervision work.

Atkins said in a statement that it will deliver full consultancy services for the integrated urban planning of the city covering 51.5 million square metres, 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 contract value is OR2.6 million ($6.75 million), the company said, adding that the scope of work also includes supervising the implementation of the first phase of the infrastructure of Khazaen.

In March, Oman Investment Corporation (OIC) and the Saudi-based Mohammed Ali Al Swailem Group (MASCO) signed an agreement to set up KEC as a joint venture for the master development of Khazaen.

OIC owns the majority stake in the Omani-Saudi JV developing the new economic city in northern South al-Batinah governorate.

Khazaen is the first and only integrated economic city within 60km of Oman’s capital, and the second integrated economic city in Oman after the Special Economic Zone in Duqm.

KEC will offer investment opportunities to develop and set up warehousing, logistics, light and medium industries, large showrooms and markets, hotel, residential and commercial projects, and aims to give a significant boost to economic development and job creation in Oman.

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."

Marco Malpiedi, Atkins’ managing director for Oman, added: “This is an exciting time to be part of such an important project in Oman’s economic expansion, and we are looking forward to bringing our projects expertise to this development.”

Atkins recently developed the detailed masterplan for the Special Economic Zone Authority for Duqm (SEZAD) and is also appointed to the Government of Oman as lead consultant for the Oman National Spatial Strategy (ONSS).

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