JV picked for Lusail transfer contract

24 February 2006

A consortium of France's Degremont, Japan's Marubeni Corporation and Kuwait's Mushrif Trading & Contracting Company has been selected for the design-build-operate contract on the Lusail sewage transfer and treatment system. The contract, expected to be worth about $200 million, is due to be signed by the beginning of March. The client is Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company, the developer behind the estimated $5,000 million Lusail real estate project (MEED 17:6:05).

The design and build element of the contract will take 18-22 months, while the operations period will be 10 years. The contract will involve the installation of a 10-kilometre transfer system from collection points close to the Pearl-Qatar and Lusail residential developments and the construction of a new membrane bioreactor for sewage treatment, with capacity of about 60,000 cubic metres a day. One other group, headed by Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC), was competing for the award.

A team of Degremont and Marubeni was awarded in late 2005 the estimated $260 million contract to expand the Doha west sewage treatment plant (STP) by the Public Works Authority (Ashghal - MEED 11:11:05). Prequalification has also recently been launched by Ashghal for the larger grassroots Doha north STP project (MEED 27:1:06). The consultant on all three schemes is the UK's Hyder.

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