Bids were opened in early October for contracts to build three new 132/13.8-kV substations in the Riyadh area. The client is Saudi Electricity Company (SEC). Construction is expected to take 18 months.For the largest contract, covering the construction of a substation in the Dawadmi area, the local ZJ Engineering & Construction (Z Aljazira)is low bidder at SR 55 million ($14.7 million). It is followed by the local Al-Babtain Power & Telecommunication Companyat SR 57.5 million ($15.3 million) and Al-Toukhi Company For Industry & Trading, also local, at SR 65 million ($17.3 million). The same three firms were lowest bidders on the contract to build a substation in the Alitsalat area, with Al-Babtain submitting a low bid of SR 46.9 million ($12.5 million). For the third contract, covering the construction of a substation in the Al-Khaleej area, National Contracting Company (NCC)is low bidder at SR 44.8 million ($12 million), followed by Z Aljazira ranked at SR 45.8 million ($12.2 million), and Al-Babtain at SR 46.5 million ($12.4 million). Contract awards are expected by year-end.