The German group Sellhorn is the lowest bidder and the work involves overseeing the design and construction of berths seven, eight and nine at the site.

Sellhorn’s bid of OR1.1m ($2.85m) to carry out the work was well below the second lowest bid of OR1.8m from India’s Consulting Engineering Services.

The Transport and Communication Ministry is expected to announce a contract award by the end of October.

Bidding has been delayed by the summer recess in August and the holy month of Ramadan. Bid documents were made available from late June (MEED 1:7:08).

Construction is already under way on berths five and six at the port, raising the site’s container capacity to 6 million 20-foot-equivalent units (TEUs), from 4.5 million TEUs.