Tender floated for solar bus shelters
MUSCAT: National bus operator Mwasalat wants to use the sun to power its air-conditioned bus shelters.
The company has invited professional firms to design, supply and install solar power air-conditioned bus shelters.
Mwasalat has floated a tender where the agreement will be for two years and it is mandatory that the solar system generate 100 per cent of the required energy.
The documents for the tender will be available until October 2, 2017 for a non-refundable fee of OMR25, while the final submission date is October 12, according to Mwasalat.
Mwasalat is planning at least three to four air-conditioned bus stations in Muscat.
A five-year agreement worth OMR150,000 was signed recently between Mwasalat and LuLu Hypermarkets LLC for naming rights for two new bus stops and one AC bus shelter in Muscat.
Mwasalat shall provide the naming rights for the two bus stops located at LuLu Hypermar- ket Darsait and LuLu Hypermarket Al Bander, in Mawaleh and the AC bus shelter next to Oman Avenues Mall.
In December 2016, Mwasalat had signed a similar agreement with Omantel to name two AC bus shelters—with the Omantel name—which featured air-conditioning facilities.
Mwasalat, the rebranded version of the Oman National Transport Company, transported more than 2 million people in the first half of 2017, according to the national operator.
Recently, the company warned that residents should not use the aircon shelters as places of rest.