Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity & Water (MEW) has invited prequalified contractors to submit bids for the contract to build water pipelines to transport water from a desalination plant to a distribution centre.

The contract will involve providing and installing water pipelines to transfer from reverse osmosis (RO) units at the Doha desalination complex to the Al-Mutlaa water distribution complex.

Contractors have until 17 March to submit bids for the contract. The MEW has prequalified 16 contractors to submit bids for the project.

The prequalified firms are:

The contract will also include carrying out a land survey and site investigation of the route of each pipeline to establish exact ground levels and all possible obstructions before construction work commences.

MEW recently invited companies to submit bids for the contract to build a 50 million imperial gallon-a-day (MIGD) reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant in Doha.

Prequalified contractors have until 10 March to submit bids for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) deal. The MEW has prequalified nine groups for the tender, having received 26 prequalification entries in March 2014.

The project has slipped behind schedule, with the ministry having originally planned to have issued tender documents in October last year. However, according to sources close to the project, the ministry is seeking to push ahead with the tendering and award of the contract as swiftly as possible.

A second 50-MIGD phase of the Doha project is also planned, with tender documents expected to be issued in April 2015, according to a source from the MEW.

The scheme is part of Kuwait’s efforts to expand its desalination capacity to cope with increasing demand from rapid population growth. The ministry forecasts that an additional 270 MIGD of desalination capacity is required to meet the estimated demand by 2020.