Bids are being studied from five groups for the estimated $23 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to rehabilitate work on a 3.4-kilometre section of the RN 16 highway on the TangMed site. Offers have been received from Turkey’s Dogus Insaat and four local bidders: Societe Generale des Travaux du Maroc; a consortium of Entreprise Marocaine de Travaux and Grand Travaux Routiers; a team of Houar and Seprob; and Hajji. The 15-month contract calls for construction work on the dual-carriageway, an interchange, two roundabouts and four bridges. An award will be made in February, with work due to start by early March.

Bids are being evaluated for the estimated $2.5 million, 12-month contract to design, supply and install 140 fenders on the hydrocarbons quay, the 580-metre bulk cargo quay and the 225-metre service quay, with an option to provide defences for two roll-on/roll-off berths. Three companies submitted bids by the 9 January deadline: Japan’s Mitsui and local firms Techniplus and Samima. An award is due at the end of January with work to begin in February.

Bids are also under evaluation for the 25-year concession to develop and operate the 110-metre-long hydrocarbons terminal. Negotiations with shortlisted bidders will begin by the end of February, with an award expected in September and operations due to begin in 2008.

Expressions of interest were submitted in late December for the 10-year operation and maintenance contract to manage utilities at the port. The contract includes the management of water, electricity, liquid and solid waste facilities and street lighting. Tenders will be issued to selected companies by the end of February, with an award expected in August.

‘This contract is quite different from the other tenders on the concession,’ says a spokesperson for TMSA. ‘We will provide the infrastructure investment and are only seeking a foreign partner to operate the facilities. If equity is offered by a potential partner, then we will consider it, but we have all the necessary funds and technology to do it ourselves.’