Bids in for Ras Laffan pipeline

21 June 2002

Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa)opened in mid June the commercial bids from 11 international contractors for the Ras Laffan water pipeline project. The opening came after the client completed the technical bid evaluation process, which saw a large number of the original bidders being disqualified on technical grounds (MEED 8:3:02).

Initial reports indicated that the three lowest bids opened came from the UAE's Al-Hamed Development & Constructionat QR 279 million ($76.6 million), Egypt's Societe Egyptienne d'Entreprises (Mokhtar Ibrahim)at QR 279.6 million ($76.8 million), and the UAE's Mabani Companyat QR 285 million ($78.3 million). The other bidders for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract are Japan's Marubeni Corporation, Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas - J&P), also Athens-based, Turkey's Gama, Oman's Galfar Engineering & Contracting, the UAE's Al-Jaber Energy Services Establishment, the local HBKwith Lebanon's Zakhem Engineering & Contracting Company, and a Saudi Arabian company identified as Al-Nimal.

The contract calls for the supply and installation of 160 kilometres of ductile iron pipeline with a diameter of 250-1,200 millimetres. The pipeline will carry water produced by the 750-MW, 40 million-gallon-a-day Ras Laffan independent water and power project (IWPP), which is under construction by the Ras Laffan Power Company(MEED 17:5:02).

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