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The local Gulf Dredging & General Contracting Company (GDC) is the only bidder for the contract to deepen the main approach channel and basin at Shuwaikh port following the passing of the 25 January bid deadline. Local tender rules require at least two bidders for any major project, and the contract is likely to be retendered. ‘The tender documents were all in Arabic, including the technical element,’ says one of the other eight prequalifiers. ‘It also stipulated that the work must be carried out by a local contractor, so we didn’t see much point in bidding.’