Two other contracting groups submitted rebids in July for the contract. They were Japan’s Marubeni Corporation, with Turkey’s Gama, and US-based Petrofac International, with Samsung Corporationof South Korea.

The two-year project includes: dredging a 1.5-kilometre channel to depths of 4.5-9 metres; the construction of two breakwaters; the building of a pump house; and the construction of intake and discharge channels and a chlorination plant.

The common cooling system will meet the seawater-cooling requirements of the Ras Laffan independent water and power project (IWPP) and future industrial capacity planned in the area.