Atkins has been appointed lead consultant for the master-planned Khazaen Economic City (KEC) megaproject in Oman. 

Its $6.8m (OMR2.6m) contract covers master planning, design, and supervision for the 51km2 smart city in the northern part of the sultanate.

Atkins will carry out environmental and sustainability assessments for the project, as well as evaluate future construction tenders, and supervise Phase 1 infrastructure implementation.

Upon completion, KEC is expected to become the epicenter of Oman's logistics industry.

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Atkins' five-year contract includes a clause that will allow both parties to extend the deal by 24 months.

Prioritites for the project include completing the engineering and design work for a 46ha section.

KEC's Phase 1 will include a logistics and industrial area, a dry port, a truck terminal, and food and auto markets.

"We are delighted to appoint Atkins as the lead consultant for [the project]," Eng Kalat Al Balushi, chairman of KEC, said.

"The contract award 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," Al Balushi added.

Marco Malpiedi, Atkins’ managing director for Oman, added: "It is a fantastic for us to be retained to assist KEC.

"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."

In April, it was revealed that four firms were still in the race to win the consultancy contract that has now been awarded to Atkins.

Parsons International, KEO International Consultants, and F&M Middle East Consulting Engineers were the other three companies reportedly in the running.