The estimated $120 million-150 million contract involves the construction of roads, wastewater collection systems, storm water and drainage systems, landscaping, lighting and power distribution. It may also include the construction of two underpasses, which are currently packaged separately. The client, the local Alsunut Development Company, expects to award the contract by the end of August.

Tendering is accelerating on other phase 1 packages on the development. At least six companies have been prequalified for the main contract to build a 5,500-cubic-metre-a-day wastewater treatment plant, which is expected to be awarded in September. The contract for a 220-kV substation is expected to be tendered in September.

The local Dal Group is working with a developer consortium to finalise the scope of an independent power plant (IPP), which will serve the CBD and a 1,420-acre residential district to be built in phase 2 of the development. Phase 1 and phase 2 demand is expected to total more than 350 MW. The contract will be awarded on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis.

Al-Mogran is a $4,000 million real estate project under development near Khartoum. The Dubai office of KEO International Consultants is the infrastructure design consultant.

Alsunut is a joint venture of the state of Khartoum, the government, the National Social Insurance Fund and Dal Group (MEED 20:1:05).