King Khalid University (KKU) is evaluating bids for three packages on its proposed new Abha campus, in the south of the kingdom. The packages include a utility tunnel and two chiller plants (MEED 12:5:06).

The local Al-Rashid Contracting is low bidder for the largest package, involving the construction of a utility tunnel and the installation of electromechanical networks. The scope of works on the estimated

SR 325 million ($87 million) contract covers construction of a 29-kilometre-long tunnel, with a height of 9 metres and a width of 4 metres, split into 28 different sections. It will be built 6 metres underground and carry wiring and utility piping.

Al-Rashid is also low bidder with a price of about SR 142 milllion ($38 million) on the larger of two service centres to be built at either end of the utility tunnel. The local Bin Jarallah Establishment for Trading & General Contracting is the low bidder with a price of about SR 100 million ($27 million) for the other facility. The two steel structures will contain chillers and pumping plants.

Six other local companies priced the three packages. They are: Al-Harbi Trading & Contracting;

Al-Khodary Sons Company; Al-Toukhi Contracting;

El-Seif Engineering Contracting; Haif Construction; and Saudi Binladin Group (SBG). The local Saudi Consulting Services (SaudConsult) is the consultant on the two-year project.