The local Al-Dallah General Trading & Contracting Company was low bidder on the original tender issued last year, pricing the work at KD 6.1 million ($21.4 million). Copri Construction Enterprises was second, at KD 7.5 million ($25.9 million). However, the bid bonds lapsed following a doubling in the price of rebar, which made the submitted offers economically unfeasible.

Nineteen local companies are also prequalified to bid by 26 October for a smaller contract, worth about KD 4 million ($13.8 million), covering the construction of a drainage system linking the Jeliebi housing project to the main sewerage system. The project involves 4.2 kilometres of microtunnelling with a diameter of 800-1,200 milimetres.