Northern Border Fence could be awarded in two months

08 April 2008
Saudi Arabia’s Northern Border Fence project could be awarded in the next two months, according to a contractor bidding on the project.

The contractor said that the award had been delayed as it was still under negotiation with the client.

One of the contracts for the fence, which covers civil and electro-mechanical works is expected imminently (MEED 03:03:08). Two consortiums are in final negotiations with the client, the Ministry of the Interior, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: the local El-Seif Engineering & Contracting with the US' DRS Technologies, and the local Rashed al-Rashed & Sons Group with European Aeronautic Defence & Space Company.

In November 2007, 14 groups submitted bids for the estimated SR4bn ($1,07bn) contract to build a fence along the kingdom's border with Iraq.

The 900-kilometre-long security fence will comprise two lines of razor wire, with a second fence several kilometres behind it. There will be thermal-imaging equipment and ground surveillance radar between the two fences, which will be linked by a state-of-the-art fibre optic communications system (MEED 16:11:07).

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