Bidders to review Disi tender

12 April 2002

The five groups prequalified in March to bid for the Disi water conveyance project have received a letter of invitation to comment on the technical and financial aspects of the construction tender, according to deputy secretary-general of the Water & Irrigation Ministry Fayez Batayneh. 'Draft documents have been distributed to the companies and we have invited any comments to be made by 12 May,' he said in early April in an interview with MEED. 'It is moving ahead steadily and in a relaxed manner. We will distribute final tender documents afterwards and hope to make a decision on the contractor by the end of the year.'

The ministry has scheduled a site visit for the prequalifying groups for 22 April. The $625 million project involves the construction of a 325-kilometre pipeline to transfer water from the Disi aquifer in the south of Jordan to Amman. The project, which will be carried out on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis, is expected to relieve the chronic water shortages experienced by Jordanians. When it is completed, the Disi pipeline will deliver some 100 million cubic metres a year of water to Amman, the equivalent of about 140 litres a day for each inhabitant of the city (MEED 1:2:02).

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