MPW invites prequals for road upgrades

31 March 2006

The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) has invited international contractors to apply for prequalification by 13 May for two major road upgrade schemes covering the second phase of the first ring-road and the third phase of the Jahra-Subiya expressway. Tenders for main construction packages on the two projects are expected in the summer.

The scope of works on the estimated $100 million first ring-road scheme covers the upgrade to expressway status of the section between Dasman and Abdullah al-Ahmed streets. The phase 2 contract includes the upgrade of interchanges, road widening and tunnelling as well as stormwater drainage. The consultant is the US' Parsons Brinckerhoff.

The prequalification notice for the third and final phase between the Foreign Affairs Ministry building and Seif al-Dowalah street will be issued later in the year. The $90 million first-phase contract was awarded to a local/Greek team of Copri Construction Enterprises and Aktor last year (MEED 24:6:05).

The third phase of the Jahra-Subiya expressway covers a 27-kilometre-long section with two spurs to the Iraqi border and Bubiyan island. The first two phases, totalling more than $170 million, were recently awarded to Combined Group and Shaheen Alghanim Roads & Bridges, both local. The local Pan Arab Consulting Engineers (PACE) is the design consultant (MEED 25:11:05).

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