The companies submitted a main bid and, in most cases, alternative offers. For the main bid, Al-Hassan Engineeringis the low bidder at RO 9.6 million ($24.6 million), followed by Galfar Engineering & Contractingat RO 10.3 million ($26.4 million).
The contract calls for the supply and installation of a 220-kV substation at Al-Wasit, the extension of an existing 132-kV substation at Buraimi and the supply and installation of a 220-kilometre transmission line from Al-Wasit to Al-Ain in the UAE. Belgrade-based Energoprojektis the consultant.
Construction of the UAE-Oman link is a key element in the 20-year plan to establish a GCC-wide power grid. Bids are under evaluation at the UAE Ministry of Electricity & Water for seven packages on the project to establish an Emirate-wide grid (MEED 10:10:03).