Bahrain’s Public Works Ministry has opened financial bids for the development of the Muharraq wastewater treatment plant and sewage conveyance system in Bahrain.

The following bids were submitted in February with prices as follows:

  • Acciona (Spain)/Kuwait Finance House (Kuwait) – 0.6072 BD/cubic metres (cu m)
  • United Utilities (UK)/Samsung Engineering (South Korea) – 0.550 BD/cu m
  • Saudi Oger (Saudi Arabia)/Korea Water Resources Corporation (South Korea) – 0.6896 BD/cu m
  • Metito (UAE)/Berlinwasser (Germany) – 0.7165 BD/cu m
  • Degremont (France)/ Sumitomo (Japan) – 0.7426 BD/cu m

The bid submitted by Saudi Oger and Korea Water Resources Corporation has been suspended by the tender board.The group submitted a copy of the bid bond instead of the original in the commercial bid envelope.

Saudi Oger and Korea Water Resources Corporation are disputing the validity of the suspended status for their bid as the companies believe that they followed the request for proposals guidelines correctly.

Berlinwasser and Metito submitted a bid of 0.7165 BD/cu m and an alternative bid of 0.6081 BD/cu m.The bid submitted by Degremont and Sumitomo had a price of 0.7426 BD/cu m and an alternative bid of 0.6675 BD/cu m.

Once the financial bids are opened, an evaluation process will be undertaken and a shortlist of around three bids will be announced within the next 4-5 weeks.

The government of Bahrain is being advised by Germany’s Fichtner, UK bank HSBC and UK law firm Norton Rose on the project.