The local Mushrif Trading & Contractingis low bidder at KD 24.9 million ($85.8 million) for the third package on the Wafra water distribution scheme, following the opening of bids in mid-November. The client is the Ministry of Public Works.Mushrif’s offer is marginally lower than the second best offer of KD 25.7 million ($88.6 million), submitted by the local Shaheen Alghanim Roads & Bridges. The local United Gulf Construction Company (UGCC)is third on price at KD 25.9 million ($89.2 million). Nine other local firms priced the work. An award is expected in the first quarter of 2006. The scope of works calls for the supply and installation of a 1.6-metre-diameter, 92-kilometre-long main pipeline from the data monitoring centre and wastewater treatment plant at Sulaibiya to agricultural farms at Wafra. Construction will take about two years (MEED 15:7:05). The scheme is the last of three on the Wafra scheme. UGCC and the local KharafiNational were low bidders for the two other packages, covering the construction of pumping stations and the construction and maintenance of a feeder network, when prices were opened in September (MEED 16:9:05). The overall scheme was originally tendered as one package in early 2004 but was cancelled in March this year. A team of the US’ Parsons Engineering Corporationwith the local Gulf Consultis the consultant (MEED 24:9:04).