Four financial offers were opened for the contract. The team of the local Teejanwith Larsen & Toubroand Bhagheeratha Engineering, both of India, was second lowest bidder with its two options of RO 34.6 million ($88.7 million) and RO 35.1 million ($90 million), followed by Austria’s Strabagat RO 37.4 million ($95.9 million) and Athens-based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC)at RO 41 million ($105.1 million). The contract calls for the installation of a 53,000-cubic-metre-a-day STP at Al-Ansab and a control system for the entire project.

Applications for prequlification have also been invited by 22 November for the position of project manager on the $1,000 million scheme. About 17 international companies have picked up tender documents. A shortlist is being drawn up for the contract to provide design and construction supervision services for future phases of the project.