First prequalifiers line up for SWC network

05 November 2004
Two companies have been prequalified and received invitation to bid (ITB) documents by the local Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) for the estimated $900 million water transmission scheme in the western region. The prequalification process is still ongoing and is now expected to be completed by the end of November. Bids are due to be submitted by 31 January (MEED 22:10:04)

Turkey's Tekfenand the local Al-Rashid Trading & Contractingare the first two companies prequalified by SWCC to bid for the contract, which covers a total of five main packages including pipeline sections, pumping stations and water storage tanks. While Al-Rashid is understood to have selected A Hak Pijpleidingenof the Netherlands as its pipe supplier, Tekfen has yet to name its supplier.

SWCC is evaluating another 14 prequalification proposals from companies such as Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), Italy's Saipem, the German office of Paris-based Technipand pipe suppliers Al-Qahtani Pipe Coating Terminal and National Pipe Company, both local. Once prequalified, companies are expected to form consortia to bid either for the whole project or different packages. Prequalified firms will be invited for a site visit in mid-December.

The conveyor will distribute water produced at the existing Shouaiba desalination complex and the planned Shouaiba independent water and power project (IWPP) to different cities and locations in the western region.

Austria's ILF Consulting Engineersis the consultant.

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