ABB bids low for Kuwait substations

31 August 2008

Europe's ABB is low bidder for three major contracts, totaling more than $300m, to build three 300/400-kV substations across Kuwait.

The engineering firm bid a price of KD38.1m ($136m) for the contract to build the Fintas Z substation. Germany’s Siemens and France’s Areva T&D were the other bidders for the job, with offers of KD42m and 45.2m respectively.

ABB is lowest on the similar contract to build the Jabriya Z substation with a price of KD34.6m ahead of bids of KD38.6m, KD40.6m and KD45.2m, submitted respectively by Siemens, Areva and South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company.

The company is also low bidder for the Sulaibiya Z substation. However, it is the only bidder for that particular contract so it is unclear if the project will go-ahead as local tender regulations require at least two bids for public sector contracts if they are to proceed.

The client, the Ministry of Electricity & Water, is expected to take about three months evaluating bids before making an award (MEED 8:6:08).

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