Bahrain’s Tender Board is set to select a consortium to build its planned Muharraq wastewater treatment plant by mid-April.  

Six groups submitted bids for the build-own-operate construction contract on 17 February (MEED 18:2:10) following an extension of the deadline from 20 January.

Among the bidders were:

  • France’s Degremont with Japan’s Sumitomo
  • Malaysia’s YTL Power International with the UK’s Wessex Water
  • Spain’s Acciona with Kuwait Finance House
  • Saudi Oger with Korea Water Resources Corporation
  • The German/UAE joint venture Metito Berlinwasser
  • The UK’s United Utilities with Abu Dhabi Investment Company, Instrata Capital and Samsung Engineering of South Korea

The winning consortium will form a project company to build and operate a 100,000 cubic metre-a-day wastewater treatment plant, and a deep-gravity sewer network. The project company will also sign up for a 27-year sewage treatment agreement with the ministry..

The government is being advised by Germany’s Fichtner, UK bank HSBC and UK law firm Norton Rose on the project.