Dubai-based Inco International and Singapore’s Top Great Engineering and Marine, were the only groups to submit bids, out of six firms that collected bid documents.

The winning bidder will construct a pair of gates weighing some 3,000 tonnes to be installed at the entrance to the dry dock.

In January, a consortium of Omani group Galfar Engineering & Contracting and South Korea’s Daewoo Engineering & Construction was the surprise winner of the contract to build two docks at the site.

These are scheduled for completion by late 2010, and installation of the gates will follow immediately afterwards (MEED 30:01:08).