China State Construction Engineering Corporation has begun to mobilise for the AED384m ($104.5m) contract for phase two of the Dubai Water Canal project.

The Beijing-based contractor was awarded the deal in early May.

The second phase of the 3 kilometre-long canal scheme linking Dubai creek with the Gulf includes the construction of bridges across the Al-Wasl and Jumeirah Beach roads above the Dubai Water Canal, enabling the passage of 8.5 metre-high yachts. It also includes the construction of a bridge leading to the proposed peninsula to the south of Jumeirah Park.

Work on the project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The scheme is split into three construction contracts. The first phase of the project includes elevating Sheikh Zayed Road (six lanes in each direction) and relocating utilities using micro-tunnelling to facilitate the canal construction. The third phase involves the excavation of the waterway.

In mid-May, the RTA received bids from companies for the contract to complete the third phase. The low bidder for the two financial options that all firms submitted prices for is the local/Belgian Bel Hasa Six Construct, with offers of AED908m and AED802m

In October 2013, Gunal was awarded a deal that involves building a 16-lane bridge that will take traffic on Sheikh Zayed Road across the Dubai Water Canal project. The contractor is providing funding for the works.

The consultant is a joint venture of US-based Parsons International and the UK’s Halcrow.