Bids invited for conveyor

02 June 2006

The Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) has invited local and international contractors and suppliers to bid by early October for six packages on the Shuqaiq water conveyance project. Comprising more than 900 kilometres of pipe, the scheme is aimed at transporting potable water from the planned independent water and power project (IWPP) at Shuqaiq to the southern cities of Abha and Jizan.

The first three packages cover the supply of uncoated steel pipe of various diameters ranging from 6-60 inches. They are:Package 1: 378.6 kilometres of pipe covering sections A1 (Shuqaiq-Abha-Al-Wadain), and A5-1 (Abha-Sabt al-Alayah);Package 2: 202.5 kilometres covering section A4 (Ukad-Samta);Package 3: 323.2 kilometres covering sections A2 (Rijal al-Ma) branch line, A3 (Shuqaiq-Al-Birk), A5-2 (Abha-Sabt al-Alayah), and A6 (Al-Wadain-Dhahran al-Janoub). Packages four-six cover the installation of the pipe, together with the construction of pumping stations, storage tanks and reservoirs. They are:Package 4: installation of sections A1 and A2; construction of one main pumping station at Shuqaiq, three intermediate pumping stations, a reservoir at Abha, and three steel tanks; and installation of a supervisory control & data acquisition (Scada) system;Package 5: installation of sections A3 and A4, together with associated terminals, reservoirs, and filling stations;Package 6: installation of sections A5-1, A5-2, and A6, together with associated terminals, reservoirs, and filling stations.

The consultant is Germany's ILF Consulting Engineers.

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