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).