French, Swedish firms win Oman contracts worth $81 million

Published June 14th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

French and Swedish companies have won contracts worth $81 million for development projects in Oman, the Gulf sultanate's tender board announced Tuesday, June 12. 


A $55-million drinking water project for the Sharqiyah Sands tourist region near Sur in eastern Oman went to a consortium comprising the French group Sade and local firm Galfar Engineering and Contracting. 


Groundwater resources covering an area of around 15,000 square kilometers (6,000 square miles) were discovered in the Sharqiyah Sands aquifer region in 1990. 


Sweden's telecom giant Ericsson, meanwhile, has won a $26-million GSM mobile phone expansion project in the Muscat region. 


The project forms part of efforts to modernize the telecom sector by state-owned Oman Telecommunications Company, which plans to divest a 34 percent stake to a strategic partner. ― (AFP, Muscat) 


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