Dry lake job award nears

12 May 2006
The local Combined Group is low bidder at KD 15.7 million ($54 million) for the contract to create a wastewater reservoir at Umm al-Rehmam dry lake in the north, near the Iraqi border. The client, the Ministry of Public Works (MPW), is expected to make an award by the end of the third quarter (MEED 24:3:06).

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.

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