Combined Group’s bid is just under 10 per cent lower than the second-best offer of KD 17.3 million ($59.6 million) submitted by Kuwait Company for Process Plant Construction & Contracting (KCPC). The local Mushrif Trading & Contracting is ranked third on price at KD 17.4 million ($60 million).

The scope of works on the 600-day contract calls for the supply and installation of an 82-kilometre-long glass reinforced plastic (GRP) water pipeline with a diameter of 1,200 millimetres, and an additional 18-kilometre-long GRP section with a diameter of a 1,000 millimetres. The contract also involves the construction of pumping stations and the upgrade of the data monitoring centre. The scheme aims to use the 14-square-kilometre natural lake to store treated wastewater in the winter for distribution in the summer.