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Table: Contracts awarded in January 2008

Project Contractor Client Estimated value ($m) Date
Development of a cement plant-turnkey engineering, procurement and construction Aresco and FLSmidth (Denmark) Asec Algeria 550 17/01/2008
Build a convention centre at Oran: covers the construction of a 3,000-seat auditorium, an exhibition centre and a 300-room hotel Obrascon Huarte Lain (Spain) Algerian state energy company Sonatrach 591 30/01/2008
Construction of the KFH Bahrain Industrial Oasis, comprising the construction of factory units for leasing purposes and a central six-storey building Poullaides Construction Company (Bahrain) Kuwait Finance House 32 15/01/2008
Design, build and operate a seawater desalination plant at the Durrat al-Bahrain mixed-use development Energy Central (local) Durrat Khaleej al-Bahrain Company (owned by Bahraini government) and Kuwait Finance House na 24/01/2008
National Assembly building for the reclamation of land and construction of quay walls Ahmed Mansoor al-Aali (local) Ministry of Works 82 30/01/2008
Appointed lead project manager, construction manager and supervising engineer for the Downtown Al-Areen project in Bahrain KEO International Gulf Holding Company (Kuwaiti-based) na 30/01/2008
Bahrain Bay development: work includes road works, establishing a water supply and general infrastructure maintenance Ahmed Mansoor al-Aali (local) Arcapita 72 31/01/2008
Development of the Downtown Al Areen infrastructure – road construction, water storage facilities and other services Downtown Construction Company Gulf Holding Company (Kuwait) 11.5 17/01/2008
Contract for engineering, plant construction, assembly and supervision of a greenfield float glass manufacturing facility Ianua (Italy) Sphinx Glass (fully owned subsidiary of Egypt’s Mena Glass) 143 06/01/2008
Civil works package on the 750MW Sidi Krier combined cycle power plant Orascom Construction Industries (local) with Besix (Belgium) West Delta Electricity Production Company 106 14/01/2008
Civil works package on the identical El-Atf plant Hassan Allam & Sons (local) with Consolidated Contractors International Company (Athens) West Delta Electricity Production Company 102 14/01/2008
Phase 12 of South Pars development: covers utilities and associated facilities JV of Itok Iran and Pars International Development and Engineering Company (Pideco) (local) The National Iranian Gas Export Company (NIGEC) 100 28/01/2008
Contract to prepare the schematic designs for the Samarah Rift JZMK (US) Emaar International Jordan- part of Emaar properties na 08/01/2008
Contract to provide pre-construction services of the latest phase of Samarah Dead Sea Resort F+A Architects (US) and Koray Insaat (Turkey)
Provide front-end engineering and design and project management services for future projects and second personnel to work at KOC’s Ahmadi offices Fluor Corporation (US) Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) 334 06/01/2008
Provide gas compression and reinjection services Safwan Petroleum Technologies Company Central Tenders Committee- Kuwait Oil Compay (KOC) 67.1 07/01/2008
Provide mechanical, electrical and plumbing services for the College of Basic Education’s Boys Campus at Ardiya in Kuwait Drake & Scull Public Authority for Applied Education & Training 33 08/01/2008
Renewed five-year in-house management contract Amec (UK) Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) 321 13/01/2008
Supply of a 3,000HP deep drilling rig for operations across the state; also covers the supply of personnel to operate the rig Burgan Company for Well Drilling Trading & Maintenance Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) 100 15/01/2008
Provide consultancy services for a road system in Ahmadi – dual carriageway on the north side of Ahmadi connecting to motorway route 40 Gulf Consult Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) na 17/01/2008
Manufacture and supply reactors for clean fuel project – 22 hydro cracker and atmospheric residue desulphurisation reactors Larsen & Toubro (India) Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) 421 21/01/2008
Install water effluent transfer pipelines between three gathering centres and the Minagish water injection plant in west Kuwait United Gulf Construction Company (local) The Central Tenders Committee Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) 34.6 22/01/2008
Construction package on Eighth Gate Development in Damascus Arabian Construction Company (Lebanon) and Arabtec Construction (Dubai) Emaar IGO 41 14/01/2008
Supply four 350MW boilers to the oil-fired thermal power plant in Al Khalij; also carry out engineering, production, installation and testing Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction General Electricity Company of Libya 350 02/01/2008
Build infrastructure in Tripoli and Benghazi; also involves storage of rain water and treated waste water in local aquifers Tennessee Overseas Construction Company Housing Infrastructure Board 1,250 03/01/2008
Contract for the modernisation of the urban infrastructure in the city of Tajura – to include laying pipes for the city’s water supply and sewage system, as well as telephone and electricity lines. Also includes construction of roads and lighting Strabag (Austria) The Housing and Infrastructure Ministry 640 08/01/2008
Build high-speed broadband network to access internet and make phone calls ZTE Corporation (China) Libya Telecom & Technology na 10/01/2008
Implement Nimr C full-field water injection project in the south of the sultanate; involves drilling 89 production wells and 19 injection wells Al-Hassan Engineering Petroleum Development Oman 65 15/01/2008
Build a ship repair and drydock complex at Oman’s Duqm port Consortium of Omani group Galfar Engineering & Contracting and South Korea’s Daewoo Engineering & Construction National Economy Ministry (Oman) na 18/01/2008
Contract to build a 3G mobile phone network Huawei (China) OmanTel 46 23/01/2008
Strengthen the transmission network at Oman’s Seeb International Airport. Project includes the construction of a new 220/132/33kV substation Larsen & Toubro Oman Electricity Transmission Company 89 24/01/2008
Strengthen the transmission system in the Sohar industrial area Larsen & Toubro Oman Electricity Transmission Company 27 24/01/2008
Expansion of the low sulfur condensate tank farm at Ras Laffan Industrial City: includes engineering, procurement, provision of transportation, fabrication, construction, installation, testing, pre-commissioning and commissioning services Qatar Engineering and Construction Company Dolphin Energy 212 03/01/2008
Supply gas turbine and compressor technology for the fifth-stage expansion project GE Oil & Gas Qatar Fertiliser Company (Qafco) na 08/01/2008
Aluminium smelting complex at Mesaieed; contract covers the installation of reduction cells and pot room equipment Dutco McConnell Dowell Qatalum 750 08/01/2008
Technology licensing, equipment supply and installation; involves electric arc furnace and a steel rolling mill Danieli (Italy) Qatar Steel Company (Qasco) 300 11/01/2008
Turnkey contract to deliver 14 gas-insulated substations to improve the electricity network in and around Doha Areva’s Transmission & Distribution division (France) Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) 698 15/01/2008
A second contract, covering the delivery of technology for the upgrade of the National Control Centre built by Areva in the late 1990s Areva (France) Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) na 15/01/2008
Phase eight of Qatar’s power transmission system expansion plan – build 15 substations Areva (France) Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation na 17/01/2008
Phase eight of Qatar’s power transmission system expansion plan. One package to build seven 220kV, 66kV and 132kV substations and install overhead lines Hyundai Engineering & Construction (South Korea) Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation
Phase eight of Qatar’s power transmission system expansion plan. Two packages Isolux Corsan (Spain) Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation
Phase eight of Qatar’s power transmission system expansion plan. One package to build five 66/11kV substations Larsen & Toubro (India) Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation
Construction of the network to serve the Doha North sewage treatment plant, covers the construction of 32kms of sewage pipes and the construction of a main pipeline from the planned pumping station at Al-Khisa to the Doha North plant Ultra Construction & Engineering Company (South Korea) Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) 357 23/01/2008
Build the Sidra Medical & Research Centre in Qatar, located at Education City on the outskirts of Doha; includes a nine-storey hospital and accommodation for 350 nurses JV of OHL (Spain) and Contrack International (US) Qatar Foundation for Education, Science & Community Developmen 2,300 29/01/2008
Saudi Arabia
Develop infrastructure for the company’s Jeddah Gate project – covers construction of water, waste management, electricity supply and drainage infrastructure in the development. Al Taafuf and the Saudi Building & Development Management Company Emaar Middle East na 06/01/2008
Build two substations connecting Maaden’s phosphate and aluminium projects at Ras al-Zour to the national grid through overhead transmission lines from Jubail. Contract covers the engineering, procurement, construction, testing, commissioning and completion of 380kV and 115kV substations on a turnkey basis ABB Contracting Company – Swiss/local Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) 100 14/01/2008
Eight construction packages for the Umm Al-Qura University complex in Mecca – includes lecture buildings, student accommodation, a medicine college, pharmacy college and university hospital extension Al Arrab Contracting Company Umm-Al-Qura University, operating under the Ministry of Higher Education 146 20/01/2008
Expand the company’s prawn farming facility near Jeddah Sea Ark Africa (South Africa) Al Faulk Group (local) 10 22/01/2008
Build a 520km railway line in Saudi Arabia. Contract includes the construction of bridges, camel crossings and other infrastructure to support the railway Russian Railways not mentioned 800 22/01/2008
Manage the Nation Towers development in Abu Dhabi – involves the construction a 65-storey hotel, a 52-storey residential tower and a retail podium Hill International – US International Capital Trading 650 03/01/2008
Manage the implementation of an irrigation masterplan in al Ain Hill International – US Local municipality 163 03/01/2008
Three-year contract to manage the construction of an equestrian and residential community – include villas, townhouses and apartments, a clubhouse, hotel, equestrian centre, show complex and an equine spa and therapy centre Hill International – US not mentioned 490 03/01/2008
Build a green diesel plant at Ruwais – involves construction of a 37,000-barrel-a-day (b/d) hydrocracker and a 42,000-b/d sulphur hydrocracker unit, plus the revamping of the existing gas oil hydrotreater GS Engineering & Construction (South Korea) Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) 1,140 07/01/2008
Construct sewerage and drainage networks in Dubai – located in Al-Nahda and Al-Mamzar close to the Sharjah border- involves the installation of pipes and a stormwater drainage network Arabtec Engineering Services Dubai Municipality 15 09/01/2008
Build two 20-30 storey commercial towers in Dubai’s Business Bay CSHK Dubai Contracting – Hong Kong Damac Properties 55 09/01/2008
Provide the aluminium facades for the Vision Tower project in Dubai’s Business Bay Alumco – Dubai Dubai Properties 22 13/01/2008
Install two offshore wellhead towers – design, fabricate and install the two gas towers and 20km of infield pipelines, pressure vessels, choke control and shutdown valves National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) – Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (Adma-Opco). 200 14/01/2008
Manage one of the hotels at the Saraya Islands development in Ras al-Khaimah – hotel will have 180 guest rooms, 30 bungalows, two restaurants, conference facilities, spa and health club Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces Saraya Islands Real Estate Development Company na 15/01/2008
Review sewerage and water treatment plants being constructed by commercial developers in Abu Dhabi MWH (US) Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company na 16/01/2008
Build a wastewater recycling facility on Palm Jumeirah island. The recycling plant will have a capacity of 17,000 cubic metres a day (cm/d) Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies, subsidiary of France’s Veolia Water Palm Water, a subsidiary of Nakheel 18 16/01/2008
Delivery of plant treating water in a 300,000-cubic-metre artificial lake adjacent to the Burj Dubai Tower. The plant will have capacity of 62,400 cm/d Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (France) Emaar Properties 15 16/01/2008
Front-end engineering and design contract on the grassroots expansion of the Ruwais refinery Bechtel Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) na 21/01/2008
Build gas-fired combined cycle power plant at Taweelah plant in Abu Dhabi – supply six combustion turbine generators, four heat recovery steam generators, two steam turbine generators and two seawater cooling surface condensers GE (US) Emirates Aluminium Company (Emal) 490 21/01/2008
Develop two new district cooling plants at the Motor City development in Dubai Emirates District Cooling Company (Emicool) not mentioned na 22/01/2008
Three contracts for cleaning and disposal of solid waste. First contract covers the southen area of Al-Ain city and suburbs Consortium of the local MBM, Saudi Arabia’s Dallah and Spain’s Urbaser three contracts for cleaning and disposal of solid waste Al-Ain Municipality 126 24/01/2008
Three contracts for cleaning and disposal of solid waste. Second contract involves the operation and maintenance of a medical and dangerous waste incinerator 38
Three contracts for cleaning and disposal of solid waste. Third contract deals with the operation and maintenance of the central dumping yard and the dangerous wastes cell 82
Provide the design, engineering, supply and construction, testing and commissioning of onshore and offshore ductile iron and carbon steel pipelines Abu Dhabi-based Lindenberg Emirates Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company (Transco) 157 24/01/2008
Design and build five 33/11kV substations Larsen & Toubro (India) Al-Ain Distribution Company 105 24/01/2008
Project management contract on the irrigation masterplan for Al-Ain Hill International (US) Al-Ain Municipality 6.4 29/01/2008
Build a mixed-use development in Abu Dhabi. known as the Plot 9 hotel, residential and commercial complex Al-Habtoor Engineering Enterprises United Holdings (local) 350 29/01/2008
Total 15,403.6