The bidders are Paris-based Alstom T&D, Germany’s Siemens, Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company of South Korea, VA Tech of Austria and Europe’s ABB. The contract is estimated to be worth AED 400 million ($109 million) and will take about two years to complete.

As part of ADWEA’s programme to expand and upgrade the local transmission and distribution network with the aim of creating an emirate-wide power grid, the local Emirates Trading Agency (ETA) has recently been awarded three contracts, worth a total of AED 210 million ($57 million), to supply and install three 132/11-kV gas insulated switchgear (GIS) substations at Marina Mall, Khaleej al-Arabi street and near the Le Meridien hotel. The facilities are due to be commissioned by the third quarter of 2005.

The consultant for all the contracts is Germany’s Lahmeyer International.