GMRA invites bids for phase 4

03 January 2003
A tender is due to be issued by mid-January for the phase 4 development of the Great Man-made River (GMR) project. The design, procurement and construction contract covers the development of the giant water conveyance scheme from the Ghadames desert to the coastal city of Zuara. The Great Man-made River Authority is the client (MEED 14:12:01, Cover Story).

The main element of the project covers the supply, procurement and installation of 620 kilometres of pipeline; four pumping stations, with associated 20,000-cubic-metre storage tanks; and two 70,000-cubic-metre collection tanks. Engineering consultancy for the scheme is being handled internally, with the assistance of France's Safege.

Associated works include the construction of three break pressure tanks and a central operations and maintenance centre, located at Zuara. The selected bidder will also provide operation and maintenance services for a period of one year following the final commissioning of the system.

The project is separate to the phase 3 element of GMR, which is being managed by Nippon Koei UK. Phase 3, located in the east of Libya, comprises two main elements - the 400-kilometre-long Jagboub extension to Tobruk and the development of a new wellfield in the Khufra region (MEED 1:11:02).

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