The client is also preparing to receive contractor bids in early August for the main packages on the programme, which calls in the first phase for the construction of about 25 new substations and the installation of more than 100 kilometres of overhead lines and a similar amount of cabling (MEED 30:6:06). For the consultancy contract, the bidders are Germany’s Fichtner with Belgrade-based Energoprojekt, a UK team of Mott MacDonald and PB Power, and Australia’s SMEC International. Kahramaa is looking to award the contract by early August, in advance of contractor bids being submitted. Prequalifiers for the four construction lots on phase 7 include Europe’s ABB, France’s Areva T&D, Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company of South Korea, Germany’s Siemens and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Sumitomo Corporation and Toshiba Corporation, all of Japan. Kahramaa is aiming to complete the first part of phase 7 in 2008.