Bahrain’s Ministry of Works, Municipalities Affairs & Urban Planning has opened proposals from contractors for the contract to expand the Tubli wastewater plant.

The works ministry opened commercial bids from three groups for the contract to double the capacity of the Tubli plant from 200,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d) to 400,000 cm/d. Tubli is currently dealing with more than 300,000 cm/d of wastewater, leading to raw sewage discharges into the sea.

The ministry opened technical proposals from five bidders in August 2017 for the Tubli expansion project, and MEED reported in February this year that the client had received further technical clarifications for the EPC deal.

After completing the technical evaluation, on 28 September, the client opened commercial bids from the following three groups:

The group of Azmeel (Saudi Arabia) / Tecton (UAE) / WTE (Germany) submitted the lowest proposal of BD138.1 ($366.4m), which was about 31 per cent lower than the second lowest bid of BD200.35m submitted by the group consisting of Six Construct (Belgium) / Canar (local) / Wabag (local).

The Al-Ghanim International (Kuwait) / PWT Wasser (Germany) / Metito (UAE) consortium submitted the final bid of BD207.5m.

The scheme is being funded by the governments of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, so prequalification for the scheme was restricted to:

  • Kuwaiti contractors
  • Kuwaiti / Bahraini joint ventures
  • Kuwaiti / foreign joint ventures or consortiums
  • Saudi contractors
  • Saudi / Bahraini joint ventures
  • Saudi / foreign joint ventures or consortiums