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Official confirmation is expected in late October that the government has decided to scrap the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model for the estimated $600 million Disi water project, in favour of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) approach. Project sources said in mid-October that a high-level government meeting concluded that the revised tariff price offered by the preferred BOT bidding group, led by Saudi Oger, was still too high and that the EPC route would work out cheaper. EPC tendering on the project is likely to be launched in the first quarter of 2005 (MEED 6:8:04).