Kharafi bids low for Kabad

07 April 2006
The local Mohamed Abdulmohsin Kharafi & Sons is low bidder at KD 53.1 million ($183 million) for the contract to design and build the Kabad wastewater treatment plant. The client, the Ministry of Public Works (MPW), is expected to take up to three months evaluating offers before making an award (MEED 16:12:05).

Kharafi's low bid is just over 7 per cent cheaper than the next best offer of KD 56.9 million ($196 million) submitted by the local Mushrif Trading & Contracting. United Gulf Construction Company (UGCC), also local, is ranked third on price at ($199 million).

The scope of works covers the construction and connection to the water network of a 345,000-cubic-metre-a-day sewage treatment plant at Kabad. The 28-month contract includes about a year's worth of design work.

The successful contractor will also be responsible for decommissioning the existing treatment plant at Jahra, converting it to a main pumping station and connecting it to the new plant at Kabad via a 38-kilometre-long 1,400 millimetre-diameter ductile iron pipeline. The contractor will also build a 15-kilometre-long pipeline to the Sulaibiya wastewater treatment plant.

Bids are due on 9 April for a major contract to create a wastewater reservoir at Umm al-Rehmam dry lake in the north, near the Iraqi border. A total of 14 local grade 1 contractors are prequalified to bid (MEED 13:1:06).

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