Iraq has issued a request for qualification (RFQ) to contractors for two packages that will improve water supply infrastructure in Kurdistan.

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s Municipality & Tourism Ministry will prequalify companies for the schemes.

The first package covers the upgrade of the Erbil water supply network and Duhok distribution network.

The Erbil water supply improvement system includes the expansion of Erbil 3 water treatment plant from 144,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d) to 240,000 cm/d and replacement of old networks, totalling 350 kilometres in some regions of Erbil city.

The first package covers the upgrade of the Erbil water supply network and Duhok distribution network

Improvements to the Duhok distribution network will focus on replacing old networks in one area and constructing new ones in another new non-served area covering 265km.

The second package comprises the construction and improvement of the Halabja integrated water supply system and Sulaymaniyah distribution network.

The Halabja system will take water from the Sirwan River to supply 50,000 cm/d of drinking water at the first stage of operation and 100,000 cm/d of water at full capacity. The project comprises a river water intake and collection shaft, a water treatment plant, treated water transmission and storage facilities.

The winning contractor will also build 340km water distribution network at Halabja and a 310km distribution network at Sulaymaniya.

Companies wishing to bid for either contract have until 10 October to respond to the RFQ. The government is expected to invite bids to build the projects in November 2010.

The Government of Iraq has received a loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which will part-finance the schemes.